Archive for January, 2017

A free kerbside collection service will operate between Wednesday, 28 December and Friday, 27 January for residents to have their real Christmas trees taken away for recycling. Trees will be collected every week on the same day as the refuse and recycling collections. Residents can go to www.ealing.gov.uk/recycling to find their collection day over the Christmas period.

Trees left out need to be smaller than 20cm in diameter and all the decorations should be removed. Those higher than 6ft will need to be cut in two before they can be collected.

Residents can also take real Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes to a number of drop-off points across the borough until Sunday, 12 February. Once again, trees must have all decorations removed.

Christmas tree drop-off points:

• Acton Green Common
• Acton Park
• Berkeley Fields (Berkeley Avenue)
• Churchfields, Hanwell (car park)
• Cleveland Park
• Ealing Central Sports Ground (Horsenden Lane South)
• Ealing Common (Junction of Grange Road and The Common)
• Elthorne Park (Boston Road)
• Islip Manor Park (Eastcote Lane car park)
• North Acton playing fields
• Perivale Park (Cowgate Road)
• Pitshanger Park
• Ravenor Park (Oldfield Lane South and Ruislip Road)
• Rectory Park (Parkfield Drive)
• Southall Park (Green Drive)
• Southfields Park
• Spikes Bridge Park (West Avenue)
• Springfield Gardens (Rosemont Road)
• Walpole Park (Lammas Park Gardens)

In addition, the council’s re-use and recycling centres will continue to accept garden waste, including Christmas trees, for composting. These centres are located at Stirling Road, Acton and Greenford Road, Greenford.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “Whether it’s excess food waste, packaging, or your Christmas trees – we are making it easier for you to recycle on your doorstep.

“This Christmas and New Year let’s have something else to celebrate as a borough as we look to increase our record recycling rates even further.

“All of the trees that we collect get turned into nutrient-rich compost so it’s a great way to get your new year off to a green start.”

For more information on recycling in Ealing, go to www.ealing.gov.uk/recycling.

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The Met Office has issued an alert about cold weather, with the lowest temperatures expected to occur between 6am on Wednesday, 4 January and Friday, 6 January.

Council gritters are on standby and will be sent out to grit primary routes across the borough to keep main roads moving whenever freezing conditions are forecast. Drivers are also being asked to take extra care.

The council is also asking residents to be good neighbours during the cold weather by checking that elderly or vulnerable people in their area are safe, warm and have essential supplies.

Residents who are concerned about keeping their homes warm can call Ealing Council’s Cold Weather Support in Ealing (COSIE) helpline to receive tips and information on how to keep their homes warm and their energy bills down. Additional support is also available for those who are struggling to pay their energy bills. Residents can call the COSIE Freephone number on 0800 083 2265 between Monday-Friday, from 9.30am until 5.30pm.

Anyone who is concerned about someone sleeping rough during the cold weather – or at any other time – can report it using the national Streetlink website http://www.streetlink.org.uk/ or by calling 0300 500 0914. The information will be sent to the local St Mungo’s outreach service, which is contracted by the council to contact and help rough sleepers (people who are sleeping outside such as in doorways, disused vehicles or stairwells).  Please give as much information as possible about the location at which the person is sleeping.

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