Archive for June, 2011

Ealing residents are now recycling more than 40% of all waste – the best rate ever achieved in the borough.

Recycle bins

In 2010/11 Ealing’s recycling rate was 40.04% – meaning the borough hit its 40% target. These figures are released to coincide with national recycling week which takes place between 20 June and 26 June.In the year 2010/11 Ealing Council collected 29,172 tonnes of recycling (this includes everything from houses, neighbourhood recycling sites and reuse and recycling centres). This has saved £2.58 million in landfill taxes.

Included in the total amount of recycling collected is 4,936 tonnes of food waste, which includes 160 tonnes of food waste collected from schools alone.  The council collected 6,161 tonnes of garden waste from households, and an additional 2,505 tonnes of garden waste from reuse and recycling centres. Diverting organic waste, such as food waste and garden waste from landfill is very important because when it decomposes it releases damaging gases into the atmosphere.

The theme of this year’s national recycling week is to recycle everywhere you go – at home, at work or out and about. In the coming weeks recycling bins are to be installed in Lammas Park, which will allow people to recycle cans, plastic and paper on the go.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “I’m delighted that we have met our recycling target and now more than 40% of our waste is being recycled, but there is still plenty of room for improvement and we must continue to drive rates up. Every tonne that we divert from landfill not only has an environmental benefit but also saves us money, which we can then spend on valuable services. The majority of residents can recycle a wide range of materials from their homes, including plastic, batteries, clothes and shoes, so there is no excuse not to recycle and 2.5 million reasons why everyone should. (more…)

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If you’re giving your dad a break this Father’s Day (Sunday, 19 June) by putting out the rubbish or mowing the lawn – don’t forget to recycle.

Think about recycling this Father's Day

Paper, card, plastics, cans, glass, textiles, garden waste and food waste can all be recycled from the doorstep from many households across the borough using the different recycling services offered by the council.

You might choose to help your dad with some DIY. Many items, including larger items like furniture and wood can be disposed of free of charge at one of the borough’s three recycling centres. Hard plastics have recently been added to the extensive list of items that can be recycled at Greenford Recycling Centre.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “Whether it’s helping your dad in the garden or trying to subtly suggest his socks and ties belong to another decade and need replacing – remember to recycle. Or if you’ve given your dad the latest gadget – think green and don’t just chuck old stuff in the bin. Every last item we divert from landfill helps the environment and the council to save money in landfill charges. Remember that if items are in good condition they can be donated to charity shops for re-use – one person’s rubbish is another’s treasure. I encourage the whole family to get involved and embrace the recycling message so we can continue to watch our recycling rates grow.” (more…)

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100 schools show smart travel sense

One hundred schools in Ealing have now signed up to a scheme that promotes safer and greener transport to and from school.

School travel plans celebrated

One hundred schools in Ealing have now signed up to a scheme that promotes safer and greener transport to and from school.

This milestone was celebrated at Dormers Wells Junior School as it becomes the one hundreth school to adopt a travel plan – 89% of schools in Ealing now have a plan. The scheme promotes sustainable travel, physical activity and raises awareness about safety issues on the journey to and from school.

Pupils from Dormers Wells Junior school took part in the giant walking bus as part of the celebration.  A walking school bus is a group of children walking to school with one or more adults.

A school travel plan is a document produced by the whole school community. It looks at how students, staff and visitors travel to and from school. It focuses on improving safety, encourages students, parents, guardians and staff to leave the car behind and walk, cycle or use public transport. (more…)

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From the end of June, motorcycles will no longer be allowed to use most bus lanes in the borough.

enforcement in bus lanes

The decision was taken to end the pilot by Ealing Council’s Cabinet. The council has started replacing bus lane signs with most signage to be changed by Monday, 27 June 2011 when motorcycles will no longer be permitted to use most bus lanes in Ealing. The Transport for London(TfL) trial  still continues, so some routes in Ealing are still open to motorcycles and will be clearly signposted.

In the meantime, and until the changes take effect, drivers of other vehicles need to:

  • be aware that motorcycles are allowed in operational bus lanes
  • look out for motorcyclists when driving across bus lanes to get into and  out of side road junctions, access roads and driveways.

Motorcycle riders need to:

  • be vigilant and adjust their speed when using bus lanes, especially when  approaching junctions
  • be alert to the possibility that another vehicle may cross their path at  junctions, especially when the road ahead is congested because it is  more difficult to see other vehicles turning through gaps in traffic queues
  • be aware that a safer speed may be considerably slower than the official  speed limit
  • look out for pedal cyclists in bus lanes, giving plenty of room and  consideration when passing them. (more…)

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