Archive for December, 2015
Get your refuse and recycling right this Christmas by following these ten top tips from East Hampshire District Council.
During the busy Christmas period households are often too pre-occupied with the festivities to make sure their refuse is removed and the right items are recycled.
So to prevent these seasonal slip-ups EHDC has issued these ten simple steps:
• Make sure you check your collection calendar for changes to the collection days
• Remember Garden Waste collections are suspended over Christmas so crews can help with the extra volumes of recycling and refuse at this time of the year
• Remember to TREECycle by putting your Christmas tree out for collection as indicated on your collection calendar.
• Remind yourself which items can and can’t be recycled so you don’t contaminate a whole bin with a few items
• Wrapping paper cannot be recycled – try to reduce the amount you use
• Make sure your empty bottles go to a recycling bank or are put out for kerbside collection
• Plan meals carefully so you only use what you need
• Use your leftovers as soon as possible or freeze them for later use.
• Compost as much food waste as possible
• Only use your green refuse bin as a last resort.
Commenting on the tips Cllr Adam Carew, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “Everyone can play their part to help the environment, not only over the Christmas period but throughout the year, by following this simple advice and making sure everyone at home knows which items go into which bin.
“We wish everyone a Happy Christmas and now is the perfect time for that New Year’s resolution to reduce refuse and recycle more during 2016.”
Residents have the chance to contribute their ideas for the future use of the former brewery site in Alton.
East Hampshire District Council, Alton Town Council and Molson Coors are working together to prepare a development brief to guide the future development of the site.
Their first act is to hold a public exhibition on 16 December to explain what the brief will achieve and to talk with local people and interested groups.
The event, to be held at Alton Assembly Rooms, between 5-8pm, will provide an opportunity for the public to contribute ideas for the future use of the site and give their views on priorities, opportunities and potential challenges.
This input will contribute to the early stages of work on the development brief. There will be further public consultation next year as the brief is developed, and before it is formally adopted by the district council.
When finalised, the development brief will be used to consider any future planning application for redevelopment of the site.
Cllr Angela Glass, EHDC Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “The exhibition on 16 December will give everyone a chance to get on board with this process at the earliest possible opportunity.
“This is a key site in the heart of Alton and it is very important we think carefully about how it will be used. That is why we need residents to come to the event and let us know their long-term aspirations.”
Leah Coney, clerk to Alton Town Council, said: “We would like to see as many residents as possible come along to this first public engagement session. We are greatly encouraged that Molson Coors and East Hampshire District Council are keen to understand how the community would like to see the site developed, so it is really important that Altonians have their say and make their views known.”