Mobile phones, digital cameras, tablets, headphones, battery-operated toys – were all high on wish lists this past Christmas.
As a large proportion of those shiny, new gadgets will be replacing yesterday’s models, the question facing their owners is what to do with the old ones?
Local residents have opportunity to declutter their homes of broken or unwanted small electrical items such as alarm clocks, toys, kettles and hair dryers.
In February, Willesden Library will be hosting electrical recycling events, where residents can drop by and get rid of any unwanted electronic items, in a safe and environmentally friendly way on the following dates
6 February – 12 February
13 February – 19 February
By recycling their unwanted items the owners are helping to protect the environment as fewer raw materials need to be mined for use in the manufacture of new products.
Thursday 16th June, Gladstone Park Tree Walk, Gladstone Park Wildlife Group, 6.30pm
Lawrence Usherwood, Brent’s Principal Tree Officer will give a fascinating walk around Gladstone Park to discover some of the huge variety of trees there. He is a mine of information on when they were first introduced into Britain, the uses of their timber, their rarity and benefits to wildlife.
To join the walk email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our team is out regardless of whether there is an election or not and when we visited residents in October 2010, we were able to show residents the real difference that Labour Councillors are making in the area.
On Leeland Way and Bermans Way, there was a huge dump that had been left there for years. It was an awful eyesore. We managed to get it boarded up and secured as soon as we were elected.
Residents were shocked to see Councillors actually delivering as they were used to the lack of any contact from Lib Dem Councillors in the ward before 2010.
The new collection changes which introduced weekly organic and food waste collections and alternative fortnightly dry recyclables and landfill waste has seen a reduction in annual landfilled waste of 14562 tonnes.
The annual saving, to the Council is £1,576,337. This will be even more as year on year, the Government is increasing landfill tax, which is what we have to pay to bury waste under mother earth. SO THE LESS WE DO THIS THE BETTER!
This puts us in a position of making savings without having to cut more services as Brent is disproportionately impacted by the Coalition’s cuts to local Councils.
We are further looking ways to divert waste and reduce landfill charges to Brent Council this year. We hope this will improve our savings further!
Local people, social enterprises and local businesses joined up with the Community Payback team for a Neasden Clean-Up day. I brought along the leader of the Council and we both donned gloves and were issued with rubbish bags and litter pickers to help out.
Cllr Butt said, “We are delighted to support local people and businesses in Smartening up the borough”.
We managed to clear a lot of the litter that had accumulated around bushes and green areas on the approach to Neasden Shopping Centre. When we smarten places up, we encourage residents to use local shops and make the area more attractive to visitors.
Vijay Amin, of ABi Associates who have offices in the Grange on Neasden Roundabout and was the main organiser for the Day said, “The area was starting to look grubby. We organised the Clean Up to give an opportunity for businesses to work with the local community for everyone’s benefit. We will do it again in the summer by which time we hope it’s is a few degrees warmer. We want to thank Veolia for supporting us and look forward to their support in the summer”.
Brent Council is giving out free kitchen caddy liners to help people recycle more food waste. The free roll of will come with an information leaflet about Brent’s recycling service and a collection calendar for 2012-2013.
The caddy liners are made from special corn starch material and they’re being delivered to all households this month.
Residents can now arrange for their bulky waste items to be collected online through this weblink – LINK
The Liberal Democrats introduced a £25 charge for collecting bulky items when they ran Brent Council in Coalition with their Tory partners. This created a bizarre situation where residents who arranged by phone to have bulky items collected and paid £25 would have their items collected within two weeks. Dumpers got a better deal as those selfishly throwing items out on to the street would have items collected in a matter of days. At the time, this was famously branded the Dumper’s Charter.
Brent Labour’s number one manifesto pledge was to make bulky item collection free for residents again and we delivered that within a matter of months of regaining control of Brent Council in May 2010. You can now arrange for bulky item collection online through this website http://www.brent.gov.uk/streetcare2.nsf/pages/lbb-68.