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Cleaner Havering

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This email update is part of Havering Council's Cleaner Havering campaign.

Week ending Friday 9 September 2016

Keeping our community green and clean

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The Council’s Environment team were in Romford Market Place on Friday 2 September. Kim Smith and Denise Brown (pictured above) handed out the very popular dog toilet bags, together with mini bins for cigarette butts and chewing gum.

Kim's role on the day was to engage with residents to promote the Community Clean Ups, and explain how they could get involved. Kim and Denise also showed the consequences litter and fly-tipping has on our borough, our resources and our wildlife. They also explained to dog owners that dog poo bags can be placed in any street litter bin and heard from residents about areas that were in need of a tidy up.

If you would like to nominate an area near you that could do with a little more love and attention, and if you yourself would like to help with planting, weeding or generally cleaning up – please get in touch. Visit www.havering.gov.uk/cleanup

Still time to join the Restart party in Harold Hill

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Have you got a broken electronic item or small appliance that could be fixed instead of being thrown away?

Come to a Restart Party at Harold Hill Community Centre this Saturday 10 September and our volunteer repairers will see if they can help you fix it. Drop in between 11am and 2pm.  The event is free and open to everyone.  Find out more here.

If you’d like to volunteer your repair skills at a Restart Party then please get in touch – we’re always looking for new volunteers!  Just come along to the Harold Hill event to find out more. If you’re a community group who might be interested in hosting a future Restart Party please email us.

Don’t forget that electrical and electronic items that cannot be repaired can be recycled at our reuse and recycling centres, and some items can be collected at the kerbside.

Don't worry if you can't make Saturday's event as another Restart Party will be held at Romford Baptist Church, Main Road in Romford, (opposite the Town Hall) between 6pm and 9pm on Wednesday 16 November 2016. for more information on this event contact Kathryn@therestartproject.org.

Recycle Week 2016

This year, Recycle Week, a national celebration of recycling, will focus on the theme the ‘Unusual Suspects’.  The aim is to get people to recognise all of the items that they can recycle from around their homes that may get forgotten about, whilst encouraging and motivating residents to recycle more and explaining the benefits of doing that.

Havering will be supporting the yearly campaign with recycling roadshows at various locations throughout the Borough during the week.  Look out for our Recycling Advisors who may be at your local supermarket or around your town centre.  They will be available to offer support and advice about all aspects of Recycling in Havering.

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The Waste less, Live more Week challenge is back!

Like you, we believe that we can all live healthier, happier lives at the same time as reducing our impact on the environment. So this year, as part of Waste less, Live more Week 2016 (19-25 September), the Keep Britain Tidy campaign have come up with 101 ways you can waste less and live more and we’re challenging you to do as many as you can.  Sign up here to find out more.

Exciting events and inspiring blogs

As part of the week events are being held across the country. Visit the Events page to find out what's going on near you.

The campaign also has a page full of ideas, opinions and stories to inform, inspire and create discussion around wasting less and living more. See that here.

If you get involved with the week and you are a twitter user please add the hashtag #WasteLessLiveMore to your tweets.

Hot green news for a warm September

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With more hot weather this week it's worth remembering that garden waste can reach very high temperatures when it starts to biodegrade, so it is important to keep bins in the shade until the morning of collection, and dampen the waste down if you are worried about it getting too hot. Please ensure all BBQ coals are cooled down before placing them in your black rubbish sacks.

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Help keep Havering clean

Reporting online is an easy way to help keep Havering clean, as your report goes direct to the people responsible for taking action on the issue you raise.

You can report the following online:

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Points collected under the London Green Points – Havering scheme can be redeemed for more than 1,000 sustainable products or donated to local charities.

Members can also receive special offers and discounts at more than 100 local businesses simply by showing their London Green Points – Havering card.

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If you don’t already have a Local Green Points account then sign up for free here.

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Report dumped trollies to win £300

Report an abandoned trolley for a chance to win £300 worth of retail vouchers from Trolleywise.

Download the free Trolleywise app from here, and then use it to report abandoned trollies, to automatically qualify for the monthly prize draw. Each month Trolleywise contact a winner to receive vouchers from UK retailers.

Glass recycling is powerful

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The average UK family throws away 330 glass bottles and jars every year. If every family recycled all of those, it would save enough energy to power their TV for 135 days.

Find your nearest Bring Bank and get recycling now!

What happens to my rubbish?

Watch this short video demonstrating the domestic rubbish and recycling collection service, delivered by Serco Environmental Services for Havering Council, to find out what happens to your waste.

London - a national park?

National Geographic Explorer Daniel Raven-Ellison is campaigning to make London the world’s first National Park City. Read more here.

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FREE Sewing workshop

Havering Council have been awarded funding to run a free sewing workshop for residents. The workshop will include sewing demonstrations and repair techniques to help and encourage residents to alter or repair their clothes to give them a new lease of life instead of discarding them.  There will also be lots of information and tips on how to look after clothes to make sure they stay in good condition for as long as possible.  The workshop will be held between 10.30am - 12.30 on Saturday 22 October 2016  at Hornchurch Library, North Street, Hornchurch, RM11 1TB. Spaces are limited so booking is essential. To enquire about booking a place at the workshop go to www.havering.gov.uk/loveyourclothes and click on  ‘Make a Love Your Clothes Enquiry’.  

Past editions

Past copies of this Cleaner Havering newsletter can be found here.

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