Archive for March, 2011

Love the planet this Mother’s Day (Sunday, 3 April) and reduce or recycle as much as possible.

Recycle this mother's day

Mums work hard all year round, and Mother’s Day is the time of year when we show how much we care and treat them to some pampering. But with all those cards, boxes of chocolates, wrapping paper and bunches of flowers, the special day can generate a large volume of waste which might end up in a landfill site.

Much of this waste can be recycled using the council’s various recycling services. Cardboard and greetings cards can be placed in your green box and plastic packaging in the white sack. Food leftovers can be put in the food waste bin and when flowers are finished with, they can be put out in the garden waste or in a composting bin.  When choosing a card look out for the recycled paper symbol or show your mum you care with a homemade card made from reused materials.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said:  “Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to treat mums and make them feel special.  This Sunday make the day as uniquely special as your mum is by making the effort to create an extra special gift, whether it’s in the kitchen or with arts and crafts. Ealing residents already recycle 40% of their household waste but we need to keep driving this figure up. By recycling more you are also increasing your chances of winning a cash boost for your ward in our Recycling Rewards competition with £80,000 up for grabs. The final survey to decide the winners is taking place now, so no time like the present to get recycling!”

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Three and half tonnes of rubbish have been cleared from the canal by volunteers in a clean-up organised by the council.

Clean-up along canal

Over 80 volunteer streetwatchers turned out on Saturday morning, along with council staff, to pick up rubbish from the canal side. Litter, mattresses, a washing machine, plastic toys, a few TV’s and even a kitchen sink were some of the items removed from the picturesque spot. The council’s graffiti contractors, MPM, also removed 318 square metres of graffiti between Bankside in Southall and Horsenden Hill in Perivale, to complete the clean-up.

Streetwatchers are local volunteers who take an active interest in Ealing’s streets and parks. They report problems such as fly-tipping and graffiti so that the council can deal with them.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said:
“I’m absolutely delighted by the response we got to this call to action from our streetwatchers. I am always amazed by the dedication and enthusiasm this proactive group of volunteers brings with them, they really are the eyes and ears of the council.

“The canal side is a beautiful spot and it has unfortunately been blighted by rubbish in some areas. Now that this stretch has been completely cleaned up I hope everyone will recognise how much nicer it looks and dispose of their rubbish and waste responsibly. It was also no coincidence that this event took place at the end of Climate Week and to mark the beginning of the Love Where You Live campaign, organised by Keep Britain Tidy.” (more…)

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Ealing Council has secured funding to expand car clubs in the borough.

Car in car club

Over the next two years an additional £70,000 will be invested into the scheme that allows people to borrow a car at an hourly rate.

This investment from TFL, which is in addition to  Ealing’s Local Implementation Plan funding, will mean an increase in the number of cars available and additional sites to pick them up from. The money will translate to an extra 60 bays across the borough over the next two years and an anticipated 2,000 new members. There are currently over 2,000 members in the borough.The locations of the new bays will be subject to local consultation and the first bays will be created by late summer.

Car clubs offer people an alternative to car ownership. At the same time as giving residents the opportunity to use a car when one is required, it encourages other modes of transport, such as public transport, walking or cycling, when these alternatives are more convenient.  This reduces congestion, pollution and also the number of parked vehicles on the borough’s streets. (more…)

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Have your say on High Speed 2

Ealing Council wants to ensure local residents make their views heard on proposals for High Speed 2.

Map of proposed HS2 route

High Speed 2 (HS2) is a proposed high-speed railway between London, the Midlands and the North of England. Construction on HS2 would begin in 2018-19 with the first trains running by 2026, provided there is parliamentary approval.

A report in March 2010 proposed that all trains would stop at a west London “Crossrail interchange” to the planned new station at Old Oak Common in Acton. There would be connections for Crossrail, Heathrow Express and services on the Great Western Main Line to Heathrow Airport, Reading, South West England and South Wales.

Residents are invited to attend a mobile exhibition on HS2 in the Old Oak Common area at Westfield London Shopping Centre on Friday, 1 April between 8am and 8pm. There is also an exhibition at the Greenford Assembly Rooms (Greenford Hall) on Thursday, 7 April between 8am and 8pm.  More information is available at www. highspeedrail.dft.gov.uk

These events are being led by High Speed 2 Limited, the company set up by the Department for Transport to deliver the project.

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The equivalent weight of 32 double decker buses of material has been saved from landfill thanks to the effort of Ealing schools.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz recycling food waste with pupils from Wood End Junior School

More than 260 tonnes of food waste and cardboard, the equivalent of 32 double decker buses, has been saved from landfill sites thanks to Ealing Council’s award-winning Schools Recycling scheme.

The scheme, which launched in November 2009, gives environmentally conscious youngsters the chance to recycle their wide range of materials and is one of the few in the country to collect biodegradable food waste and cardboard.

More schools and colleges than ever before are taking part with around 140 receiving free recycling collections of paper and cans and 60 recycling their food waste and cardboard. Another 20 schools are due to sign up to the food waste and cardboard collections by the summer.

The food waste is collected weekly and sent to an Anaerobic Digestion Unit. It produces a natural fertiliser for crops and the gas that is created is used to generate electricity.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and the Environment, said: “I know our young people are some of the keenest recyclers in the borough. They care about the planet and want to be green, so its great to see so many of them getting involved. (more…)

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The council is holding recycling road shows in the coming weeks to promote the Recycling Reward’s scheme.

Recylable materials

At these events, recycling staff will be on hand with tips and practical advice on how you can reduce waste and recycle more. The road shows coincide with the Recycling Rewards competition where four wards will be awarded a cash boost of £20,000 for having the best or most improved recycling participation rates. At the road shows there will be examples of how the wards could use their prize money if they are one of the winning wards.

The final survey to decide the winners will take place this Spring, so now is the time to participate in recycling services as much as possible.

The recycling team will be out and about at the following locations:

Hanwell Library, Cherington Road – 17 March 10am-1pm
Outside Tescos, Perivale, Western Avenue, – 18 March 11am-3pm
Southall Library, Osterley Park Road -19 March 11am-3pm
Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre – 21 March 11am-3pm
Outside Morrisons, Acton, King Street, – 22 March 11am-3pm
Outside Tescos, Greenford, Greenford Road, – 23 March 11am-3pm
Northolt Leisure Centre, Eastcote Lane North – 23 March 4:30-7:30pm

Further information on recycling and Recycling Rewards can be found on the council website.

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Ealing Council has successfully prosecuted two businesses for using skips without following the proper regulations.

Skip outside a house

In both cases the skips were placed on the public highway and were unlit, which is contrary to the Highways Act 1980. All skips on the public highway must be lit at night so that they can be clearly seen by road users.

In the first case Mohammed Sajp, of Azad Skips was fined £300 and ordered to pay costs of £350 as well as a victim surcharge of £15 at Ealing Magistrates Court on Thursday, 3 March.

In the second case, Pink Leaf Skips Ltd pleaded guilty to four different offences at Ealing Magistrates Court on Thursday, 3 March, also related to their skips being unlit.  They were charged £300 for each offence giving a total of £1,200. They were also ordered to pay the council’s full costs of £642.27.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “It is dangerous to have skips unlit in the road after dark and I hope these recent fines will be a warning to other skip companies that we will take action if regulations are flouted. Our officers work hard to make sure these companies understand the law so there is no excuse to ignore it.”

Last year the council tightened up its skip policy to ensure the safety and convenience of residents. More information on skips is available.

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