Archive for October, 2015

Ealing Council is reminding residents of all the items that can be recycled this Bonfire Night and Diwali.

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Parties will take place across the borough on Thursday, 5 November as families celebrate Bonfire Night. And the next week on Wednesday, 11 November, residents will come together and light up the sky again for Diwali.

After the party is over, residents are being asked to make sure that they recycle as much as they can. Ealing currently recycles 45% of all its waste and it has a target to reach 50% by 2018. The council spent £8million on disposing of waste last year and every item that is recycled instead of thrown away is good for council tax payers’ pockets, as well as the environment.

Residents are being asked to make a special effort with food waste and make sure that any leftover party food is put in the green food waste bin and not in the rubbish bin.

When food waste is thrown away in rubbish bins, it is smelly and attracts foxes and other vermin. Food waste that goes to landfill is also bad for the environment. As it breaks down, it produces methane, a gas that affects global warming and is 20 times stronger than carbon dioxide. However, food that goes into the green food waste bin is taken to a special recycling plant where it is turned into electricity that is fed back into the national grid and used to power homes.

Currently 75% of residents use the food waste collection service. To order your free green food waste bin, go to our recycling page.

Those with a green box collection can use it to dispose of any drink cans and glass bottles, cardboard, paper, juice cartons, and aluminium foil and trays used for your party food. All plastic bottles and lids, plastic cups, food trays and ice cream tubs can all be placed in the white plastic sack. Food trays should be rinsed first.

Those on a red route or who receive the flats recycling service can use their clear plastic sacks to dispose of their recycling responsibly and there are also a large number of recycling sites placed around the borough.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “The majority of residents in our borough recycle and I want to thank them for their efforts. You can get rewarded for recycling by collecting points to use, either for discounts in local businesses, or to donate to local charities, with Green Redeem. Join in and see how easy it is to recycle and reduce the amount you send to sit in landfill.”

To find out more about all of the things that can be recycled in Ealing, go to the council’s recycling page and click on the ‘Recycle my stuff’ tool.

Go to www.greenredeem.co.uk to start collecting points for recycling or download the Green Redeem app on to your smartphone.

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Ealing Council and Greenredeem, the company that rewards people for everyday green actions, today celebrated the one year anniversary of the residents recycling scheme launch. Over the past 12 months the initiative has helped boost the council’s recycling rates across the borough to 45%.GreenRedeemHarrisHoole2

To celebrate the local achievements, Greenredeem and Ealing Council held a celebratory breakfast at Harris and Hoole, a Greenredeem reward partner. Attendees from across the borough included Hanwell Honeypots and the Greenford Park Residents’ Association (GRPA),two local community groups that have been recipients of Greenredeem donations from points donated by local residents signed up to the Greenredeem Scheme. Greenredeem members and local bloggers also attended the event to celebrate the scheme’s success to date.

Nearly 2.2m points have been generously donated by local members, to local community projects, which equates to over £10k in grants made. The GPRA were the first community project in the borough to reach its donation goal and benefit from the Residents’ Rewards Scheme. The GPRA received a new oven to allow the community group to offer offer local teenagers and children cookery lessons with Kiddy Cook.

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Councillor Bassam Mahfouz said said: “Ealing Council is committed to cutting waste and supporting green action in the borough. The success we’ve seen from the Greenredeem residents reward scheme highlights that incentive based schemes work and are a vital way to reward those households that support our community efforts. We are proud to celebrate the cycle of positive green action and community good that has been created in the borough.”

“We’re delighted at the success of the residents reward scheme over the last year. The enthusiasm of the local community to undertake green actions has been outstanding,” said Rob Crumbie at Greenredeem. “We’re looking forward to continuing to build on this over the coming months and years to further improve the local environment, as well as further help local businesses and community groups.”

All residents in Ealing can be rewarded for recycling by going to Greenredeem.co.uk and pledging to recycle their food waste. Points earned from recycling can be converted into vouchers that can be used in local businesses such as Harris and Hoole, Gurnell Leisure Centre, Zayka, Cinnamon on the Lane, Hungry Yeti and Toni & Guy.

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Today residents in the heart of west London were jubilant after a long campaign to get a lift installed at Greenford station was finally realised.

Jubilant Greenford residents join Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, Steve Pound MP and Cllr Raza to open the new incline lift, a UK first

Jubilant Greenford residents join Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, Steve Pound MP and Cllr Raza to open the new incline lift, a UK first

The station in its current form has been open since 1947 providing access on the Central Line to Oxford Street and beyond as well as a national rail service to Paddington, drawing in usage of nearly 5 million swipes in and out every year.  Until last year, it retained the last wooden stairs anywhere on the underground.

Transport for London (TfL) stopped work to install a traditional vertical lift at the station in 2009 because it could not afford the estimated £10million needed. Ealing Council persuaded TfL to change its plans after carrying out research showing an incline lift could be installed for £2.2million, with the council contributing £200,000 towards the innovative solution with the remainder from TfL.
Ealing Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport & Leisure, who has been leading the campaign to get step-free access at Greenford, Cllr Bassam Mahfouz said, “It’s fantastic news that residents in Greenford and this part of west London now have step-free access to the tube.  It will mean the world of difference for thousands of local residents, especially those who are disabled or travelling with young children, some of whom will now be able to access London for the first time in their lives because of this new lift.

This innovative incline lift will prove to be the first step change for accessibility across London and all delivered at a fraction of the original prices considered.  We could transform the tube into a far more accessible place for Londoners.”

Steve Pound, Member of Parliament for Ealing North added, “MPs have been campaigning since 1951 and this news really has given the whole area a lift.”

Lianna Etkind, from campaign charity Transport for All and whose members will be able to use the station to get into central London for the first time ever said, “Greenford’s incline lift is a fantastic example of a clever innovation that has opened up this station to older and disabled people, at a fraction of the price of conventional lifts. We congratulate the council and TfL for making Greenford station accessible, and urge them to invest more in stepfree access, so that disabled and older people can use the Tube with the same freedom and independence as everyone else”

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Cllr Bassam Mahfouz visits an Ealing cycle shop to see what residents could purchase with their vouchers

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz visits an Ealing cycle shop to see what residents could purchase with their vouchers

Ealing Council is offering £40 vouchers to keep residents cycling through the winter.

The Keep Riding Through winter vouchers are  available to any adult who has taken part in the council’s  cycle training programme  since November 2014 or who signs up by 12 October and completes it before 31 October 2015.

Vouchers can be used in any one of six independent bike shops in the borough and can be spent on accessories like mudguards, lights, puncture resistant tyres, gloves or other clothing for the colder months.

On-road cycle training is available for adults living in Ealing. It teaches cyclists how to be safe and confident and is suitable for all levels. Instructors will provide training anywhere in Ealing. To book a lesson ring Cycle Training UK on 0800 093 6454 quoting ‘Cycle Training for Ealing.’ There is a £5 booking fee, except for unwaged adults and their children.

The vouchers can be used in the following shops:
• Ealing Cycles , 9 Bond Street
• Woolsey of Acton,  281 Acton Lane
• The Bike Shop, 67 the Broadway, Greenford
• Bicycle Repair Station , Churchfield Road, Acton
• There Cycling , 60 Boston Road, Hanwell
•London Bike Hub, 18 Queens Avenue, Greenford.

Cabinet member for transport and environment, councillor Bassam Mahfouz said:
“As the nights draw in and the weather changes, it’s important for cyclists to be seen and warm.  These vouchers will help residents stay on two wheels through the winter in what continues to be the best way to commute and travel.”

Cyclists who have completed training since last November will be contacted by Cycle Training UK to apply for their vouchers. Vouchers will be posted out in the first week of November and will be valid for use until 31 January 2016.

Find out more information on cycling in Ealing by visiting www.ealing.gov.uk/cycling or contact travelgreen@ealing.gov.uk

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Ealing Council has scooped two awards for its work to develop an innovative new lorry safety system which warns drivers when cyclists and pedestrians are likely to collide with a vehicle.

New cycle safety system trialled on lorry in Ealing

It won the Fleet Safety Analysis and Action category at road safety charity, Brake’s awards on Thursday, 1 October. In September, London won the award for best Innovative Transport City at the Transport Innovation Deployment for Europe (TIDE) event for Ealing Council’s cycle safety work.

Ealing developed the technology with the system’s manufacturers. Cycle Safety Shield is the first of its kind to use intelligent cameras to filter out inanimate objects, such as bus stops and fences, to monitor and detect only pedestrians, cyclists and motorbikes and eliminate blind spots 360 degrees around the vehicle. An alarm will only sound to the driver if a cyclist or pedestrian becomes too close to the vehicle.

Using Transport for London funding, the council is currently installing the Cycle Safety Shield System on all of its large goods vehicles. Its highways and recycling and waste contractors Murrill Construction and Amey are also rolling out the system on their vehicles.

This follows a trial of the system in 2013 and 2014 which showed that 15 potential collisions with cyclists had been avoided and driver behaviour had improved by 20 per cent. The trial also demonstrated that improved driving saved £1,000 in fuel costs on each vehicle per year.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment said: “The Cycle Safety Shield is life-saving technology which is proving to be a game-changer in the field of road safety as it is recognised for the positive impact it can make.  With lorries being responsible for two-thirds of cycling deaths in London, this innovative piece of kit, installed on Ealing vehicles, makes such a positive difference and I am delighted and honoured that this has been recognised with awards from Brake and across Europe.”

Jon Guest, director of Cycle Safety Shield commented: “Ealing Council is setting a benchmark for road safety in London and its work fully complements the Mayor’s safer lorry scheme. We are very proud to be involved and the fact that the Cycle Safety Shield project is being recognised internationally is an amazing achievement and shows London is leading the way for innovation.”

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