Ambitious plans to invest £3.85m to tackle waste and litter and improve recycling rates across Hounslow, including a new Park Ranger service, were unveiled at Hounslow Cabinet meeting.
Published: Thursday, 9th September 2021
Ambitious plans to invest £3.85m to tackle waste and litter and improve recycling rates across Hounslow, including a new Park Ranger service, were unveiled at last night’s (Tuesday 7 September ) Hounslow Council Cabinet meeting.
The Council has a vision to create a Cleaner, Greener Hounslow working with residents and businesses to deliver public spaces and good quality neighbourhoods that are not blighted by litter, fly-tipping and graffiti.
Cllr Guy Lambert, Hounslow Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Recycling and Companies said: “Building civic pride by tackling waste, litter, improving recycling rates and ensuring our streets and parks are clean and tidy is a priority for Hounslow. Recycling rates has increased to more than 35%, but we must strive to push for an overall rate of 50%. We know residents want to live and work in streets and spaces that are free of litter, dumped waste and graffiti, which is why we are pushing ahead with plans to invest £3.85m in improving the environment of the borough.”
Proposals unveiled in the new Local Environmental Improvement Programme for 2021-23 include:
- Measures to drive down levels of fly-tipping and littering such as a 12-month pilot of a new Park Ranger scheme to tackle waste dumped in the borough’s parks. The Rangers will address environmental anti-social behaviour in parks and will be able to issue to Fixed Penalty Notices to people found breaking the rules.
- Plans to improve streets, parks and public spaces including continuing the Council’s Pothole Pledge which will see work in a further 13 roads completed this year. Residents have also nominated a further 33 Hounslow streets which has been inspected and are targeted to be resurfaced by September 2022.
- Introducing a ‘Hotspot’ deep cleansing service to clean up grime spots across the borough.
- Plans to continue planting trees across the borough will add to the 4,500 trees already planted in parks and roadsides in 2020/21. This will include planting Christmas trees in prominent places in each ward in the borough and each of the five main Town Centres. Plans also include improving grass verges by planting wildflowers and expanding no mow periods.
- Targeting an increase of recycling rates from the current 35.4% to 37% by the end of 2022. This will include measures to increase recycling rate in high-rise blocks and rolling out food waste recycling across the whole borough
Hounslow Council has just launched a new campaign ‘Let’s Scrap Fly-tipping’ designed to raise awareness of illegal dumping of waste and educate residents and businesses about their responsibilities and how they can help keep the borough’s streets clean and tidy.
This follows the launch of inHounslow.com, the new place for Hounslow residents, visitors, and businesses to discover and share the fantastic events and unique places to visit. To find out more, plan your next trip or sign up visit the InHounslow website.