Our Streets enewsletter April 2020
Published: 28 Apr 2020
Recycle a Rainbow
As COVID-19 changes the world around us, our streets are being cheered by colourful rainbows chalked on pavements and tacked onto windows.
We'd love to encourage residents of all ages to take our Recycle a Rainbow challenge and create a fun piece of art. It can be any size, format, and made out of anything you'd normally throw away or recycle. Send a photo to us and our street cleansing crews will choose their favourite. There's a £20 Amazon voucher reward up for grabs!
We look forward to seeing your creations!
Have you ever thought about where your rubbish goes once it's left the boundary of your property?
Welcome to the ELWA Jenkins Lane waste management facility.
It's best for the planet if we reduce the amount we throw away by reusing items, cutting our food waste and opting for less packaging. When items are recycled they are transformed back into top quality products.
Household waste in the UK normally goes to landfill where it rots producing greenhouse gasses and unrecycled resources are wasted.
However, the facility at Jenkins Lane means it's not straight to landfill for our household waste in Redbridge. When it arrives the rubbish is dried, shredded and some materials are extracted. The rest is compacted into pellets of fuel which are sold on. The process doesn't have the Eco credentials of preventing waste, reuse or recycling but it does mean some material is diverted from landfill.
One resident has come up with a creative use for her plastic bottles, as Katie explains:
"I’m no gardening expert, but since we have all this time at home I ordered some seeds to try and make a vegetable patch. Since they aren’t collecting recycling in Redbridge at the moment I am trying to upcycle as much of my plastic as possible. These are my DIY seed starter greenhouses made of cut up plastic bottles. We will see if they work!"
We loved hearing from Katie about how she's being resourceful at home and we'd love to hear your stories too!
Our team of Neighbourhood Engagement and Education Officers (NEEOs) normally support residents to undertake community projects such as setting up play streets and community gardening as well as delivering educational sessions in a range of settings including schools. Almost all of these activities are currently on hold due to COVID-19 guidance.
Our team of NEEOs have been redeployed to different parts of the Redbridge Wellbeing Service. Whether it's making phone calls to vulnerable residents or delivering emergency supplies, we're glad we can support the community in this way.
Krisztina is pictured preparing food parcels rather than resources for community litter picks!
The Redbridge Streetscene Enforcement Officers have expanded their remit recently and have conducted 2502 premises compliance inspections since 23 March under the Coronavirus Act 2020. They've been ensuring that only permitted premises are open and following the Public Health England social distancing guidance, investigating traders inflating prices and reporting cases to Trading Standards.
They have taken new responsibilities in their stride to keep our community safe.
Carry on cleaning
During these challenging times, our operatives are hard at work keeping our shared spaces as clean as possible.
Here's Mick in Ilford town centre ensuring people can shop and take daily exercise in as tidy an environment as possible. He's just one of our many street cleansing and waste collection team who've been working to keep street scene services running at this time.
Painting rocks and hiding them safely in the local community for others to find is still a popular craze. Have a look on social media for local groups where people post pictures of stones they've found and re-hidden.
Local dad Rich wanted to have a go but with painting materials scarce he had the idea to use up old nail varnish (with the owner's permission!) to paint these stunning rocks with daughter Bethan. Thank you for sending us the photo guys! Reduce, reuse and smile!
Every last mouthful
Whether it's a food essentials package for those shielding or the last packet of eggs on the supermarket shelf you were lucky enough to grab, make the most of it.
To find out everything you need to know about storing and using food including tips and tricks head to the Love Food Hate Waste website.