Finding out where to recycle

03/10/2016 at 8:57 am | Posted in Recycling | Leave a comment
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BHIOP is glad to see that a new Recycling Locator has been created, to help people in Birmingham find out where to give their unwanted items to be re-used or recycled. You can type in your address to the website http://www.cleanerbrum.org.uk and it comes up with a list of places nearby that will accept the item, or says whether you can put it into the doorstep recycling collection. Many local authorities offer this kind of information, so it is good that Birmingham is catching up. Here is the link
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Waste Isn’t Rubbish

03/03/2016 at 12:37 pm | Posted in Recycling | Leave a comment

On Saturday 5th March people will be gathering at 11am at the Old Print Works on Moseley Road to celebrate its coming back to life. Balsall Heath Is Our Planet will run two workshops and a stall to show that ‘Waste Isn’t Rubbish’, focussing on the waste of households and businesses. What can you recycle? what can you compost? The building is an example of community action restoring a historic building that was disused. There will be a programme of talks and demonstrations of practical skills and crafts, some suitable for children. More details

Also on Saturday 5th March, the Moseley Road Swimming Baths built 1907 will have its open day starting at 1.30pm with tours and stalls of the history of this nationally-important building, and discussion of its future. Details hereMoseley Road Baths pic

Love Food Hate Waste

26/02/2016 at 10:29 am | Posted in Recycling, uncategorised | Leave a comment
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Love Food Hate Waste – A Quiz night will be held on Monday 29th February 7pm start at Balsall Heath Church Centre, Mary Street corner of Edward Road ALL Welcome.
Healthy food will be served. Learn 5 key ways to waste less food – you could save up to £700 a year.

An event of Balsall Heath Forum supported by BHIOP and Big Lottery

The Future of Waste

21/12/2015 at 4:14 pm | Posted in Recycling | Leave a comment

Residents of Birmingham can have their say on the way that our City Council collects, recycles or disposes of their waste. But hurry, since it ends on 4th January 2016. The survey is quite long, but you do not have to answer every question. The results will feed into the new Future Waste strategy which they have to produce to replace the 25 year contract under which all our waste has belonged to Veolia, a large multinational corporation. What should we do with it in future?
Take the survey HERE

Ready, Steady, Compost

21/10/2015 at 2:51 pm | Posted in Gardens, Recycling | Leave a comment
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I will be showing how to compost your garden waste on Saturday 31 October at the Halloween Harvest Festival at Digbeth Community Garden. We shall be looking at methods of composting waste from the garden and kitchen scraps, so making compost for the seeds in spring. A leaf bin will be built for fallen leaves to break down and make leaf mould instead of peat. The Garden has a number of beds growing vegetables and herbs. There will also be healthy vegetarian food, face-painting and a parade of weirdly-shaped vegetables (bring your entries). It is Halloween, so some will be wearing spooky costumes I expect… The event starts at 12 noon on Saturday 31st Oct and the Garden is on the corner of Allison Street and Shaw’s Passage (right at Digbeth police station) next to Birmingham Friends of the Earth’s building and the Warehouse café. More details are at Friends of the Earth website
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Visit the Backyard Farm

06/07/2015 at 1:03 pm | Posted in Gardens, Recycling, Water | Leave a comment
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This event is a chance to see my Backyard Farm, to learn about composting, rainwater harvesting, growing vegetables and fruit, all in a small space. I have composted all my kitchen and garden waste to make into nutritious compost that this year has grown beans, carrots, potatoes and tomatoes. It is easy to care for and easy to harvest from.
Saturday 11th July 2pm – 4pm
2pm-4pm at 32 Alder Road off Ladypool Rd Birmingham B12 8BS
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Our Green Neighbourhood

15/04/2015 at 12:56 pm | Posted in Community energy, Cycling, Gardens, Home Energy saving, Recycling, Solar power, Trees, uncategorised, Walking, Water, Wildlife | Leave a comment
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Good News! Funding has been granted by the Big Lottery’s Awards for All scheme to Balsall Heath Is Our Planet for its work in 2015. The aim is to support events and activities that give local people a chance to learn about all the good work and good projects which are showing the way to a more environmentally-friendly way of life for our neighbourhood. SEE, LEARN, GET INVOLVED

The programme is under deveopment, so watch this blogspace. Any suggestions or offers are very welcome
Contact me; John Newson, Development officer, Balsall Heath Is Our Planet 0121 647 1960 in office hours, or email bhiop[at] jericho.org.uk

Wheelie Bins – the video

26/08/2014 at 1:49 pm | Posted in Recycling | Leave a comment
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A lovely video has been made by young people, to explain to everyone the new wheelie bin recycling and rubbish system that will come to Balslall Heath this autumn. IIt can be seen here

From bags to bins

28/07/2014 at 2:55 pm | Posted in Gardens, Recycling | Leave a comment
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Farm CompostHouseholders are now being leafleted by the City Council about how wheeled bins will roll out across Sparkbrook ward and adjoing wards in Autumn 2014. The black bin for your general rubbish will be medium-sized, holding 180 ltres, but big families will be able to request a larger bin. The recycling bin will be larger at 240 litrs, and experience in Ladywood has been that amounts separated for recycling went up a lot, less going to rubbish. The recycling bin will have a tray on the top for waste paper and the team will take extra, if it is in a cardboard box. Free garden waste collection has ended, so the options are to pay £35 a year for a bin collected fortnightly, or take to the council tip, or best of all to compost it yourself and reuse it in the garden, with low cost compost bins and water butts available here

Top 5 Recycling Tips

20/04/2014 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Recycling | Leave a comment
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In this new video on Youtube I explain ways to help people to compost and recycle their household waste

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