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Welcome to your latest Waste and Recycling News - important information about garden waste collections!

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Welcome to the latest edition of Waste and Recycling News from Nottingham City Council. Our e-newsletter will provide you with current information on our services, plus tips and advice on how you can help keep Nottingham clean. 

Garden waste collections suspended for the winter months

A quick reminder that your garden waste collections will soon be suspended until April 2016.

For citizens living in the city, your last collection will take place on your normal recycling day before Friday 30 October.

After this time you can continue to recycle your garden waste at the Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Lenton (near the Showcase Cinema) or you can compost your garden waste and turn it into environmentally friendly fertiliser to use on your garden in the spring.

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Garden Waste collections

It is easy being green!


Guest Contributor: Angela Gilbert, Wollaton Resident

In this edition of Waste and Recycling News we welcome guest contributor Angela Gilbert from Wollaton. Angela is a keen recycler and wanted to share her story about how easy it is to be green!

Make do and Mend and Waste Not Want Not were necessities of the Second World War. Food was in short supply but we made the most of our rations and dug for victory. The eradication of unnecessary waste was a way of life and all that digging was good exercise.

"UK domestic life has changed incredibly since WW2 but I have always sought to maintain those fundamental philosophies of avoiding waste and making the most of what we have. A little attention can transform an old, used item to its former glory and is a satisfying exercise, saving money as well as avoiding waste.

"It is a pleasure to find use for anything which might otherwise go to waste, to make new clothes from old, up-cycling, renovate an old chair, make and mend. There is no such place as away. Throw something away and you merely put it somewhere else.

"I re-use screw-top glass jars for storing tea and other dry goods and for a variety of home-made preserves and stewed fruit. Also as containers for mini trifles, perfect for a picnic or packed lunch. Have you made rose hip syrup? Delicious, full of vitamin C; ask your local pub landlord to save the empty little bottles of wine he sells - they are perfect for bottling syrup and fruit vinegars. We also make our own beer and wine, the latter using fruit from the garden and hedgerows. A perfect excuse to re-use glass bottles!

"We grow fruit and vegetables and use plastic punnets for growing seeds. Extra depth provides more root-space for seedlings and the punnets are a more convenient size than conventional seed trays. We freeze the excess produce so enjoy home-grown veg all year round. Oven-dried tomatoes are useful and the depth of flavour is intensified in the drying process.

"I enjoy adapting recipes and make beetroot cake, beetroot bread, courgette bread, runner bean relish, home-made tomato ketchup, and soups using anything available on the day including leftovers from the fridge. Large yogurt tubs with lids are good containers for freezing soup.

"Inevitably some items must go in the recycling bin. I wash jars, bottles, cans, and plastic containers which makes them better to handle at the recycling depots but also keeps our recycling bin clean and fresh. I remove labels and sticky tape. We flatten boxes so that more stuff fits in the bin and it only needs emptying occasionally.

"My other passion is composting. Think beyond tea bags and grass cuttings! Paper hankies, pet hair, our own hair (DIY hairdressing!), vacuum cleaner contents, ripped up cardboard, damaged egg boxes, all go in our compost bins and rot.

"You might imagine that we are surrounded by clutter and towers of plastic containers, tins of buttons and boxes of fabric pieces that will come in useful some time, but that is not the case. Perhaps you think me a bit over-enthusiastic, a bit obsessed with "Make do and Mend", "Waste not Want not" and composting. You would be wrong. I think we should all make the most of what we have. It seems absurd to throw away something useful or edible, especially when there is no such place as away.

Does anyone else have any top tips like Angela that they want to share? Please get in touch and you could be our next guest contributor!

'We're Watching You!'

We're watching you

Nottingham City Council has joined forces with environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy in a bid to reduce dog fouling in key problem areas in the city.

The campaign sets its sights on irresponsible dog owners, with recent research showing that dog walkers are more responsible and pick up after their dogs, when they think that they are being watched.

Nottingham Council City will be running the edgy and uncompromising campaign to tackle dog fouling hotspots. The 'We're Watching You' series of signs are visible after dark.

The campaign starts on Monday 19 October in Sneinton and will move into hotspot areas: Sneinton, Berridge (including Hyson Green, Sherwood Rise, Forest Fields and New Basford), Sherwood, Bilborough, Leen Valley, Bulwell and Bulwell Forest throughout the coming months.

On day one of the campaign the glow-in-the-dark posters will be installed on key hotspot streets that Nottingham City Council's intelligence suggests are the worst for dog fouling. This intelligent comes from reports from citizens as well as our Public Realm Operatives who work with our FIDO (Faeces Intake Disposal Operation) vehicle.

The posters will be displayed in the neighbourhood for three weeks, when monitoring will take place to determine their effectiveness. At the end of the three weeks, they will be taken down and moved on to the next neighbourhood.

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Joshua Piper is our Clean Champion!

Joshua Piper

A Clean Champion has been spotted in the Arboretum tidying up a local playground on Coleville Street.

Joshua Piper, aged 12 from the Arboretum, was spotted with two friends clearing up rubbish and polystyrene which had been scattered around the area.

A local resident, Carol Laverick, spotted the good deed and contacted the Council so Joshua could be rewarded for his hard work. 

Cllr Nicola Heaton, Portfolio Holder for Community Services, as well as local ward Cllr Merlita Bryan and local PCSO Lucy Oram, attended an assembly at Joshua's school - Nottingham Academy Ransom Road site, to thank him for his hard work.

Nottingham City Council is working on a special campaign in the New Year to help encourage more 'Clean Champions' in the city. Watch this space!

Autumn opening hours at Nottingham's Recycling Centres

Our Redfield Road Household Waste and Recycling Centre has now changed to its autumn opening times.

From 1 October to 31 October, the Recycling Centre (near the Showcase Cinema) will close at 6pm instead of 8pm and from 1 November until the end of February the site will close at 4pm as the clocks go back for winter and daylight hours decrease.

For further information about the Recycling Centre please visit:

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