… are the same as usual.
Thank you Islington Council!
… are the same as usual.
Thank you Islington Council!
I’ve already blogged about Christmas recycling collections. As far as the refuse collections go, it’s pretty much business as usual unless your normal collection day is a Friday.
As the Council website explains, with Christmas Day and New Year’s Day falling on Fridays, residents who normally have collections on a Friday (as we do in Morton Road), will have their materials collected on Sunday 27 December and Saturday 2 January instead.
Collection days during Christmas and New Year
Wednesday 23 December As normal
Thursday 24 December As normal
Friday 25 December Collection on Sunday 27th December
Saturday 26 December No collection
Monday 28 December As normal
Tuesday 29 December As normal
Wednesday 30 December As normal
Thursday 31 December As normal
Friday 1 January Collection on Saturday 2nd January
Monday 4 January As normal
Tuesday 5 January As normal
Wednesday 6 January As normal
Pretty good service!
Some useful info from Islington Council’s recycling team:
Refuse and Recycling collections during Christmas and New Year
With Christmas Day and New Year’s Day falling on Fridays, residents who normally have collections on a Friday will have their materials collected on Sunday 27 December and Saturday 2 January instead. The Council website has the full list of scheduled changes.
Christmas tree recycling
If you live in a street property you can simply leave your Christmas tree at the edge of your property along with your normal green waste from Monday 4 January. If you live on an estate please contact your Area Housing Office for more information on how to recycle your Christmas tree.
There will also be four bring sites for Christmas trees at parks in Islington between 2 and 17 January:
* Kings Square in EC1
* Rosemary Gardens in Canonbury
* Elthorne Park near Archway
* Barnard Park in Barnsbury
You can also take green waste, including Christmas trees, to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre at Hornsey Street.
Extra recycling bags
Apparently the Council are also delivering a pack of 10 clear recycling sacks for extra recycling to the properties which get the green box service. I’ve not seen these yet but will look forward to them. Especially as I’m hoping to do a bit of a tidy up and clearout between Christmas and New Year!
Hooray! We can now put all those annoying bits of plastic packaging in our Islington recycling boxes.
Plastic drinks bottles joined the mix a while ago, but now we can add yoghurt and margarine tubs, sandwich containers, even plastic bags. Also juice cartons and other tetrapaks.
So we can now recycle plastics, glass, paper, cardboard and cans. And compost our food and garden waste.
I’m beginning to wonder what will be left in our black bag?
I do love a bit of vintage fashion, whether it’s in Camden Passage or online at sites like Couture Allure. It’s the chicest kind of recycling.
This weekend there’s a new vintage fashion event (if that’s not a contradiction in terms) up at Archway. It’s taking place at The Byam Shaw School of Art in Elthorne Road, from 11am-5pm on Sunday. Entrance is just £3.
This week is Recycle Week, on the credit-crunchy theme of Let’s Waste Less.
Islington Council has more information online. There are lots of recycling schemes out there, but getting the information to people is crucial.
While were sheltering from the storm in the pub on Monday I had a good chat with the licensee. She has piles of bottles to recycle, and was regretting the limited opportunities for glass recycling from the main trade waste contractors. It doesn’t help that the inevitable government targets for councils are all about domestic recycling, plus business rates go off to the Treasury and don’t cover local trade waste services. Even small firms have to find and fund their own recycling. One option is to use a specialist contractor such as Paper Round.
Meanwhile in the Angel Business Improvement District, there’s a new scheme to collect paper for recycling, starting with firms based in St John Street, Pentonville Road, Penton Street and White Lion Street.
I was going to post something about changes to the rubbish collections over the Easter holidays. But there aren’t any!
The Islington Council website reports “Recycling and refuse collections continue as normal over the Easter weekend.”
Our recycling and black bags weren’t picked up on Friday, because of the snow.
But according to the Council website, they should be collected later today. The advice is that the recycling and refuse collections are running two days in arrears, with both refuse and recycling crews working over the weekend: all scheduled collections will be completed this week.
They also warn that further disruptions may occur next week if the snowfall on Monday is heavy.
Meanwhile once things are back to normal, there are two new recycling services coming from the council.
All Islington libraries now have facilities to recycle batteries up to 9v. Neat: two of my interests are recycling and libraries, and now I’ll be able to combine them!
And the food waste collection is being extended to restaurants.
It’s frustrating that Government targets for local councils are all about recycling domestic waste, when businesses produce lots of recyclable rubbish too. So I hope the trial of the scheme is a success and more food businesses take part.
Islington’s holiday refuse collection and recycling dates are available online.
The Council website also has details of how to get your Christmas tree recycled.
Friday is our combined waste and recycling collection day.
Slightly disconcertingly I came home to find my green box had not only been emptied but had vanished completely. But there were two green boxes abandoned on the other side of the road, next to the park, so I’ve rehomed one of those. Very odd. Some people paint their house number on the box: never had to do that before, but maybe it’s time.
On a plus point, on the way home I’d spotted a pile of hefker – bits of wood, old bedding, spilling out of bags – on a street corner. On a Friday night that’s a nightmare, likely to get kicked and blown about the place all weekend. So I phoned the Council’s Contact Islington service – and by the next time I went past yesterday, it had gone. Good work.
And more praise for the Council’s cleanup services – this time on graffiti – here.