Feb 26 2013 By Chris Longhurst
Cllr Colin Ellar is with Patti Horsnell from Brentford Recycling Action Group (right) and Nicola Taylor of Hounslow's waste department.
TWO million pounds has been saved from being thrown away thanks to the recycling efforts of Hounslow’s residents.
The money, which would have had to be spent paying landfill tax, will instead be able to pay for vital services in the borough.
The figure has just been revealed by Hounslow Council which was keen to salute everyone who played their part in helping both the local environment and local economy.
The borough’s householders have recycled 15,809 tonnes of waste including paper, glass, tins cardboard and plastic and 9550 tonnes of garden and food waste so far this financial year.
Included amongst this amount will be the results of the most recent targetted recycling campaign which ran in the build up to Christmas and beyond.
Posters featuring specially chosen local people urged everyone to do more to cut the rise in waste over the festive season.
This included not binning wrapping paper and trying to reduce the amount of party food which is bought in high quantities and often thrown away when it goes uneaten.
Councillor Colin Ellar – cabinet member for environment - this week visited one of the many recycling banks dotted round Hounslow which are designed specially for small electrical items.
He said: “This is a remarkable achievement by Hounslow residents. It means we can help the environment and better still, millions of council taxpayers’ money can be spent on services instead of paying landfill tax.
“While we are doing well we can do even better. Hounslow’s has one of the most comprehensive recycling services in London so I urge residents to take full advantage of it.”
To find out how much you can recycle in Hounslow click on to http://www.hounslow.gov.uk/index/environment_and_planning/recycling.htm
List of small electrical recycling banks in the borough:
Grove Park Shopping Parade, Grove Park Road, Chiswick W4 3RS
Morrison’s, High Street, Brentford, TW8 0JG
Holloway Street car park, Hounslow High Street, Hounslow, TW3 1NA
Hounslow Heath, Staines Road, Hounslow, TW4 5AR
Tesco, High Street Feltham, TW13 4EX
Swan Road, Hanworth, TW13 6SA
Osterley Library, St Mary’s Crescent, Isleworth, TW7 4NB
Elmwood Avenue, High Street, Feltham, TW13 7AU