How to recycle your Christmas tree in Haringey

Local Lib Dem campaigner Dawn Barnes today sent the very helpful email (below) to local residents. You can sign up for email updates by opting in here.

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to 2014.

It’s time to take the Christmas tree down and if you are looking for ways to recycle it you may find the following information useful.

If you receive a green garden waste collection, you can cut your tree into smaller pieces (maximum length 1 metre) and put it out for collection. Christmas trees can also be taken to Haringey’s Refuse and Recycling Centres:

Hornsey Centre – 35 High Street, N8 7QB
Tottenham Centre – Park View Road, N17 9AY
Opening times: Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm

Alternatively, you can take them to designated sites in the following parks from Monday 6 January – Sunday 26 January:

  • Albert Road Recreation Ground (Staff yard) – Bidwell Gardens, N11
  • Bruce Castle Park (Staff yard) – Lordship Lane, N17
  • Down Lane Recreation Ground (Staff yard) – Park View Road, N17
  • Downhills Park (Staff yard) – Downhills Park Road, N17
  • Finsbury Park (Staff yard) – Endymion Road, N4
  • The Gardens Community Garden – Doncaster Gardens, N4
  • Priory Park (Staff yard) – Barrington Road, N8
  • Woodside Park (Staff yard) – High Road, N22

I do hope you find this information useful and feel free to pass it on to other local residents who want to dispose of their trees too.

Better battery recycling in Haringey

Here’s my latest column for the Muswell Hill Flyer and the Highgate Handbook:

Recycling batteriesI try to be good with recycling – but when it comes to batteries it is sometimes quite difficult because there isn’t an easy and convenient place to put them locally.

We have battery recycling bins at Parliament – so that makes it easy for me. But how many of us do bother to take batteries to the recycling centres? I don’t know – but I suspect the odd one or two just gets put in the normal rubbish.

So – I just wanted to tell you about a success my Liberal Democrat colleagues on Haringey Council had in the budget debate. Haringey Council agreed to implement Liberal Democrats plans that will provide new green incentives and better recycling in the borough.

My LibDem colleagues proposed that Haringey Council provide new battery recycling services in libraries, community buildings and schools, and new green incentives for local traders and residents to move to ‘greener’ vehicles by reducing parking fees for the least polluting cars.

Even better – the new measures will be paid for by freezing allowances for councillors to the tune of £14,000!

This follows fast on the heals of the new rules passed by the European Union which mean that as of February 2010 shops must have battery recycling bins for residents to use if they sell the equivalent of 1 pack a day. It makes it so much easier to be good – if there is a facility for us to recycle things like batteries easily available. I went to a Tesco local next to my office in Hornsey High Street to celebrate their new battery recycling facilities installed to meet the EU rules.

Until now, people who wanted to do the right thing had to make their way to one of Haringey’s two recycling centres – and that’s not the best way to encourage recycling of some of our most hazardous waste. Batteries are so bad for the environment, and most people do want to do their bit for our planet – it’s only right to make it as easy as possible for people to do just that.

As an added bonus: in terms of encouraging greener vehicles – Haringey Council agreed to the LibDem proposals that there would be free parking for the greenest business vehicles and free parking for the greenest residents’ vehicles.

Hurrah!

Local Liberal Democrats welcome easy access to battery recycling in shops

Bob Hare and Lynne Featherstone recycling batteriesLocal Liberal Democrats Lynne Featherstone MP and Environment spokesperson Cllr Bob Hare have recently visited a local shop to test out new battery recycling facilities. From February 2010 new rules passed by the European Union mean that shops must have battery recycling bins for residents to use if they sell the equivalent of 1 pack a day.

Haringey Liberal Democrats are also proposing to install 100 new battery recycling sites throughout the borough as an amendment to the Council’s budget to be discussed on Monday. The sites will be in libraries, schools and other community space and will make it easier for local residents to find a convenient battery recycling site near to them.

Lynne Featherstone MP comments:

“It’s great news that from this month, residents will be able to pop down to their local shop to recycle their batteries.

“Until now, people who wanted to do the right thing had to make their way to one of Haringey’s two recycling centres – and that’s not the best way to encourage recycling of some of our most hazardous waste.”

Councillor Bob Hare, Environment spokesperson for Haringey Liberal Democrats, adds:

“I very much welcome the fact that this will make it easier for people to recycle their batteries, but it can be made even easier. That’s why we are proposing to install 100 new battery recycling sites throughout the borough.

“Batteries are so bad for the environment, and most people do want to do their bit for our planet – it’s only right to make it as easy as possible for people to do just that!”

Liberal Democrat ‘green’ budget proposals success

Haringey Council agreed last night to implement Liberal Democrats plans that will provide new green incentives and better recycling in the borough.

Liberal Democrats proposed that Haringey Council provides new battery recycling services in libraries, community buildings and schools, and new green incentives for local traders and residents to move to ‘greener’ vehicles by reducing parking fees for the least polluting cars.

The new measures will be paid for by freezing allowances for councillors.

Cllr Ed Butcher (Stroud Green), Liberal Democrat Finance Spokesperson, comments:

“I am glad that Labour have, once again, taken the lead from Liberal Democrats. They followed our lead on the Council Tax freeze and now on new green incentives and recycling.

“It shows that even in opposition Liberal Democrats lead on the green agenda and recognise, in these tough economic times, that councillors should not take more of taxpayers’ money.”

Lynne Featherstone MP adds:

“My colleagues on Haringey Council continue to hold Labour to account and provide new ideas that move Haringey forward. If they can do this in opposition imagine what could be done in a Liberal Democrat-run Haringey Council.”

Recycling batteries should be made easy!

It’s a real problem. You know when you change batteries that you need to recycle the old ones and that you mustn’t put them in with the ordinary rubbish because they are hazardous – but there’s nowhere convenient in Haringey to do the right thing!

So my Liberal Democrat Haringey councillor colleague, Bob Hare (inveterate campaigner on all matters environmental) and I got together to illustrate our point.

In a bid to make it easier for local residents to recycle their household batteries, we local Liberal Democrats have called on Haringey Council to increase the number of battery recycling points in the borough.

Currently, residents can only recycle their batteries at Haringey Council’s two recycling centres – in Hornsey or Tottenham. In contrast, several local authorities across the country run successful schemes that give residents the opportunity to recycle their batteries in special battery recycling points on the streets or in local shops and libraries.

Why is Haringey Labour Council so bad at everything? The clue is in the phrase ‘Haringey Labour Council’!

Local Liberal Democrats call for better battery recycling in Haringey

In a bid to make it easier for local residents to recycle their household batteries, local Liberal Democrats have today called on Haringey Council to increase the number of battery recycling points in the borough.

Currently, residents can only recycle their batteries at Haringey Council’s two recycling centres – in Hornsey or Tottenham. In contrast, several local authorities across the country run successful schemes that give residents the opportunity to recycle their batteries in special battery recycling points on the streets or in local shops.

Lynne Featherstone MP and Liberal Democrat Green spokesperson Cllr Bob Hare, are today calling on Haringey Council to look at innovative options that will make it easier for residents to recycle their batteries instead of throwing them in the normal rubbish.

Lynne Featherstone MP comments:

‘Batteries, especially if old or broken, can be very dangerous to people and the planet. Throwing them away with the normal rubbish sadly means they end up on the landfill, with potentially very worrying long-term consequences.

‘Recycling needs to be easy and accessible – we all want to do our bit for the planet – but if that means driving half-way across Haringey to recycle our batteries, many may feel it is not worth the extra effort or the extra carbon foot-print.

‘That’s why we are calling on Haringey Council to look at options to help residents make the green choice when it comes to disposing of old batteries.’

Cllr Bob Hare adds:

‘I hope Haringey Council will take a good hard look at the many innovative and simple options out there that will make it easy for residents to recycle their batteries, either by dropping them off in battery points on their street, at their local library or shop.’

Haringey Council deceiving residents on recycling

Residents’ efforts to recycle cans, bottles and paper are going to waste because of Haringey Council’s poor method of recycling, the Liberal Democrats have learned.

Recyclers are asked to put their waste into separate sections of recycling bins, like in the new recycling bin installed in Stationers Park recently, but all the different types of recycling is collected together, leading to waste that can only be used for lower quality recycling.

The Liberal Democrats are calling on Haringey Council to mirror the practices in other boroughs, where waste is kept separately and can therefore be used more effectively in creating recycled products.

The Liberal Democrats have found out that Haringey Council used to use this method of separating waste, but have changed to this less effective system.

Bob Hare, Liberal Democrat Environment spokesperson, commented:

“People in Haringey, who are conscious of environmental issues and trying to do their bit, are spending time and effort separating their recycling. Yet, Haringey Council are completely wasting this effort.

“Haringey Council is pulling the wool over the eyes of people who are trying to help them clean up the borough and that is just not on. We need to recycle but we also need to recycle well, and the current system used by Haringey Council is leading to lower quality recycling material that may be contributing to pollution because of the processes needed to decontaminate the waste.”

Lynne Featherstone MP added:

“Recycling is something that people in Haringey care about and a way in which they can do their bit to solve environmental issues. Haringey Council needs to make sure that our recycling is top class but at the moment it is just rubbish.”