Becoming recycling champions

TheLondon Recycles scheme runs competitions, which enable individuals to compete for a monthly recycling reward of £25 in vouchers for the top five scoring residents.

The estate, that earns the most Green Points will win the biggest share of a £1.500 to donate to a local charity. Create an account here.

Please recycle into the purple bins the following items, ensuring they are clean. Paper and card, cannot be soiled by oils or food left-over and tins need to be rinsed. Boxes need to be flat. Ensure no broken bottles or glass. Look at packaging to see which parts are fit for recycling and discard those items not suitable into the waste bin.

  • cans and tins
  • paper and card
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles, pots and trays
  • Aerosols

Generally with Christmas paper and decorations, if it is stiff and doesn’t stay flat when scrunched or folded, it is unsuitable for recycling. However, that can vary for every region and it is not quite clear to me what Tower Hamlets accepts.

As it will use water to rinse jars and bottles for recycling, it is probably a good idea to use left-over washing up or bathing water for that purpose.

I am not certain whether Christmas trees will again be collected this year in early January, as the post on the Tower Hamlets website was from January 2019.

Batteries can be recycled in larger supermarkets, which have battery recycling bins, please enquire and do not put them in the normal bins.

Clothing, shoes there are reccycling containers in the locality, e.g. near opposite the Nisa store in Bishops Way. Please do not put them into the purple recycling bins.

Compost recycling is carried out by the Parkview Gardening scheme, they accept coffee grounds, tea bags* and some food waste, please get in touch with the Parkview Gardening scheme to arrange.

*Most tea bags contain plastics, so are not suitable for the compost.

 

 

Residents meeting

Yesterday’s residents meeting was very well attended and I would like to thank all those who contributed to the discussion. Councillor Sirajul Islam also came and enriched the meeting, which was very well led by our chair Cathrine Powell.

People are invited to participate in groups around

  • cycle storage
  • gardening

There is a particular green conscience with residents suggesting a green belt with fruit trees and shrubs. Any bare spots on the estate can be planted up, please get in touch.

There are still problems remaining from the botched Mayor Works program, please contact our Residents Association with your comments about this.

Recycling rates should be increased and more efforts need to be made to put the correct items into the recycling bins.

Support was pledged to keep Raine’s Foundation school open.

Please also see our ASB page for advice on how to report problems.

Please go to our contact page to get in touch if interested. You may also request addition to the Residents Association mailing list.

 

 

Living plastic free workshop

Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Talk & workshop at 7.30pm at the Glasshouse Community Centre

LIVING PLASTIC-FREE: HOW TO SAVE MONEY AND SAVE THE PLANET

You sort your recycling. You take your reusable bag when you go shopping. You want to do more, but you just don’t know what, or how, and you don’t have the time to research everything you could be doing. In this fun, friendly workshop Lizzy will share with you some of the tips and resources she has discovered from reducing her non-recyclable waste over the last two years. You will develop awareness of your own habits and feel more confident making more environmentally-friendly choices every day. And along the way we’ll bust some myths and discover how being green can even be cheaper and more convenient.

 

About Lizzy:

Lizzy has always been passionate about the environment and has lots of ideas to inspire local people. She is currently the Chair of Cranbrook Community Food Garden. She is involved in the Bethnal Green Transition Town group and the Roman Road Trust.

THH safety assurance

Following the tragic and shocking events at the Grenfell Tower block, which prompted some residents to post on Facebook how concerned they are for our safety, Tower Hamlets Homes has posted letters of assurance through letter boxes yesterday.

In our block all tenanted flats and houses have wired in fire alarms. Also residents can additionally install personal fire alarms in their rooms.

Free Fire brigade safety checks can be booked by phoning 0800 028 44 28, you will get a free fire alarm installed by the Fire Brigade.

People are advised to NOT have bulky inflammable goods stored on their balconies and keep all public walkways and areas free of rubble.

Caretakers constantly monitor the estates for safety. Here at Rosebery caretakers have moved away external rubbish and recycling bins from the building.

Order waste services online

There now seems to be a service available that allows us to order recycling bags online along with rubbish collections. Apparently the service works by putting in a postcode, street or apartment block. For my address, I could only get a choice by using the apartment block. One then chooses from recycling or rubbish collection. We would like to hear your success stories on this service please.

You can even check online how your request has progressed. You get a reference number in the same format, as all complaints or member’s enquiries are numbered. There is no e-mailing of that reference but if you take it down you can then check on the previously submitted request. Obviously only persons with the reference number can check on the request. You cannot get that reference number e-mailed to you.

We already had several attempts  to resolve the supply of pink recycling bags, we had them stored at the Glasshouse, at One-stop-shops, ordered over the phone for delivery about1 week later, which was then abandoned in favour of making us collect them. Now I wonder how the online odeering system will improve the cost of service delivery and efficiency.

There is now also a clothing bank near the old St. James Housing Office in Bishops Way.