Archive for September, 2011

Get composting this Autumn

As temperatures drop and the leaves begin to fall, composting is the best way to get rid of garden waste as you prepare your garden for winter.

home composting

The traditional picture of autumn gardening is of a smoky bonfire, but that pollutes the atmosphere and a much safer and more environmentally friendly approach is to compost green garden waste.  Autumn is an excellent time to compost as there is plenty of garden waste available. Spent bedding plants, grass cuttings, autumn leaves and prunings can all be recycled over the coming months to produce a compost which is ideal for spring planting.

You can compost by putting garden waste in a heap but a compost bin is better if you only have a small garden or if you want to keep things looking neat and tidy. The council’s current reduced price offer means that you can get a compost bin from as little as £15 (plus £5.49 delivery). To order your compost bin call 0845 1306090 or go to the Get Composting website.  (more…)

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Lido junction gets the Green Light!

After years of campaigning by the council and residents, the Lido junction is finally set to benefit from pedestrian crossings.

Transport for London (TfL) has recently given approval for improvements to the pedestrian crossing facilities at the junction of Uxbridge Road with Northfield Avenue and Drayton Green Road in West Ealing. This junction, known locally as the  ‘Lido’ junction, has the highest pedestrian accident rates in the borough.

For the past 18 months Ealing Council has been working with TfL to develop a scheme that makes the junction safer for pedestrians particularly the young, elderly and mobility impaired, whilst avoiding significant delays to traffic.  The scheme will see the introduction of green man pedestrian crossings on all arms of the junction as well as other measures to smooth traffic flow through the junction, including improved signage and road markings and changes to waiting and loading restrictions.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said:
“I’m delighted we have finally managed to have this crossing agreed. We have been campaigning for this for some time and it’s great to see a successful result. We are keen to make Ealing as safe as possible and these actions will certainly make a big difference to pedestrians using this junction. I’d like to thank West Ealing neighbours and residents for their patience and support with this project.”


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Garden waste scheme agreed

Ealing Council’s cabinet has agreed proposals to change its garden waste collection service.

Lady mowing her lawn in the sun

The proposals agreed on Tuesday, 13 September, mean the council will return to a chargeable garden waste collection service for residents across the borough.To be introduced in April 2012, the fortnightly service will be available for a subscription, with a 25% discount for over 65s and those in receipt of means-tested benefits.

Under the new scheme, residents will be provided with either reusable hessian bags, a wheeled bin or 50 biodegrable sacks for a £40 annual subscription. The green waste collected from homes will then be composted.

For those who do not wish to sign up for the service Ealing Council is also making it easier for residents to compost at home. The council is currently offering a reduced price on its home compost bins with a starting price of £15. Garden waste can still be disposed of for free at the borough’s two re-use and recycle centres in Stirling Road, Acton and Greenford Road, Greenford. The centres are open Mon-Sun, 8am–5pm (between 1 April-30 September) and 8am–4pm (between 1 October-31 March).

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Environment and Customer Services, said: “The council must find £85million of savings over the next four years and every service has to contribute.  By combining the refuse and recycling contract with ground maintenance services we are going to deliver millions of pounds in savings but, sadly, much more is needed if we are to meet the funding gap.

“Considering all of the options available we decided that this had less of an impact than the alternatives and enables us to continue to deliver a weekly collection of household waste, recycling and food waste. This is not a choice between introducing a charge or doing nothing, the alternative would have been to force every household to have two wheelie bins and fortnightly collections of waste and recycling, we know this is something residents do not want and so have rejected it. (more…)

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A cake and pastry shop in West Ealing has been slapped with a substantial fine after a council investigation revealed staff were fly-tipping waste.

Shop fined for fly-tipping

In Ealing Magistrates Court on Thursday, 8 September, the owners of Tavaso Limited of 201 Uxbridge Road, West Ealing pleaded guilty to six offences that took place on six consecutive nights in March 2011.

The company was charged with failing in its duty of care after members of staff were filmed on CCTV leaving the premises carrying cardboard and bags of waste and leaving it on the pavement outside the shop next door. The business was fined £810 for the offences and ordered to pay £200 costs along with a victim surcharge of £15, amounting to £1,025 in total.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “Fly-tipping is completely unacceptable and a blight upon our borough’s streets. This case really takes the biscuit, as this company has shown a disregard for the laws about proper waste disposal and I hope this fine will show them and others who might consider fly-tipping that the council will not tolerate this behaviour.”

Fly-tipping cases can be reported via the 24-hour Grimebusters line on 020 8825 8825.

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Getting green on the return to school

Students returning to school in Ealing are learning an important lesson about how they can help boost recycling.

Green incentives at school

In the last school year, 58 schools in the borough started food waste and cardboard recycling and140 schools currently recycle their paper and cans.

From September 2010 – July 2011 Ealing schools recycled 184 tonnes of food waste, and 116 tonnes of cardboard. The total tonnage of food and cardboard recycled was 300 tonnes – the equivalent weight of 100 school mini-buses.  Both more than doubled, with an increase of 108 tonnes of food waste and 70 tonnes of cardboard, on the year before.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “Pupils in Ealing are some of the most green minded residents in our borough so it’s fantastic that schools are rolling out the important ethos of recycling into the classroom, playground and dinner hall. Our young people know the important role recycling has in saving the environment for themselves and future generations so it is wonderful that they, along with their teachers and staff across so many of our schools, are able to put this into practice at school as well as at home, helping the council save money on landfill taxes.” (more…)

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