Message from the Hanwell Community Forum that might be of interest
Tuesday may well be our last chance to change Ealing Council’s mind about imposing wheelie bins on the residents of the Borough: this issue is to be debated in Full Council on Tuesday 28 July (Ealing Town Hall, 7.00pm). There is space in the Public Gallery for people who wish to hear what is said.
It is essential to demonstrate to the Council the strength of feeling out there. If you object to having the wheelie bins imposed on us, please try your best to join us and assemble on the steps of the Town Hall at 6.15pm on Tuesday 28 July to show your views. We must have as many people as possible to contradict the view of some Councillors that as many people support the wheelie bins as object.
Three petitions are currently in circulation objecting to the imposition of two/three wheelie bins per household, comingling of all the recyclables in one wheelie bin, and a fortnightly collection, and supporting the existing kerbside sorting for recycling.
The Hanwell Community Forum petition is non party aligned and can be signed athttp://www.gopetition.com/petitions/ealing-says-no-to-wheelie-bins.html if you have not signed already. A paper petition is also available, so please get in touch if you, or your neighbours, wish to sign on paper (or print out the attached signature sheet). All paper signatures need to be back with me for collation by noon on Monday 27 July. We have gained 1,198 signatures in less than three weeks, but we need to reach 1,500 by Tuesday if at all possible.
The Council’s stated objectives for allowing the recycling contract with Amey to be amended to a fortnightly collection and wheelie bins are:
Ealing Council does not appear to have consulted independent experts on this matter, but seems to be taking advice from their contractors; there is clearly a conflict of interests.
Our concerns are as follows:
Finally, there is no strategy proposed for finding out why people do not recycle or to address behavioural change amongst these people. Ealing has a relatively large percentage of its population who are transient. There is no strategy proposed to educate these people on the mechanism for recycling in Ealing in any other way than just not picking up their recycling/residual rubbish. Uncollected rubbish would be left for people who do recycle to endure. And there will always be a percentage of people who will not, and will never recycle. The Council is proposing nothing to identify these people.
Evidence* indicates that kerbside recycling (currently in operation) is the most effective in terms of encouraging more people to recycle, producing the best quality reclaimable recyclable material, most cost-efficiently. [ * 4R Environmental Ltd reviewed Local Government procurement for waste collection systems across the UK (April 2008-February 2012); these findings concur with those independently commissioned by WRAP UK and the Welsh Government] .
There is a petition focused on Northfields and Cleveland Wards which has raised around 1,000 signatures to date which can be added to the original petition of 3,015 signatures, under the aegis of Cllr Nigel Sumner, which closed on 18 May. This was sufficient to trigger the debate in Full Council.
Another petition focused on Southfields Ward/the Bedford Park Conservation Area and borders, in Chiswick/Acton, and they have 1,050 signatures on that.
There is no petition running in support of the wheelie bins.
Please sign the petition if you have not done so already at http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/ealing-says-no-to-wheelie-bins....;.
Please turn up to show your support at 6.15pm on the Town Hall steps next Tuesday 28 July.
Carolyn - Carolyn Brown
Hanwell Community Forum
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