Chiswick Village To Get the Wow Factor

After council chooses community to trial “War on Waste” initiative

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Hounslow Council is to trial a new 'War On Waste' initiative in a joint venture with the residents of Chiswick Village.

Vanessa Arden-Wood, who initiated the WOW concept in conjunction with Chiswick Village Residents Ltd, is currently discussing options with the council of composting bins and caddies for individual flats.

Vanessa said, “This is fantastic news for Chiswick Village. Hounslow Council has recognised the enthusiasm for recycling amongst the residents and are now planning several initiatives. They will soon be investigating putting a cardboard collection facility in the area and have started the ball rolling with the communal compost idea”.

After several meetings Chiswick Village was selected as the trial location for a communal compost bin. Should the trial prove successful, the scheme will be rolled out to other flats across the borough.

Nicola Taylor from Hounslow's recycling team said, “Home composting is a fantastic way to help the environment, and can help divert up to 30% of our waste from landfill. Therefore it helps to prevent landscape destruction and loss of natural habitats through the need for less landfill sites.

"Biodegradable food waste also gives off methane gas when it biodegrades in landfill (anaerobic) which is a contributory gas to global warming. It also provides beautiful compost that can go back on the garden, as well as helping to enhance your community!”

The compost produced can go back into the gardens and flower beds within the village, as well as being available to residents with allotments. Each household taking part will receive a free caddy to hold kitchen scraps before they are added to the communal compost.

May 1, 2007