For the thirteenth year running, Norfolk's residents can get rid of unwanted toxic chemicals, safely and securely, at a series of household hazardous waste amnesties taking place
at seven of Norfolk County Council's recycling centres across the county during September.
Wood preservatives, bug and weed killers, paint, thinners, varnishes and special cleaning products are among the wide range of household chemicals that will be accepted – for free – at the weekend-long events. These are products that are too dangerous to be tipped down drains and can’t be put in our regular waste bins because they can damage the environment and they need to be dealt with using specialist disposal processes.
The events will be taking place between 9am and 5pm at the following sites and dates:
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September 2016
Caister, Pump Lane, NR30 5TE
Thetford, Telford Way, IP24 1HU
Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2016
Ketteringham, Station Lane, NR9 3AZ
King’s Lynn, Willows Business Park, Saddlebow, PE34 3RD
Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2016
Hempton, Helhoughton Rd, Fakenham, NR21 7DY
Mayton Wood, Little Hautbois, Coltishall, NR12 7JX
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September 2016
Dereham, Trafalgar Business Park, Rash’s Green, NR19 1JG
Martin Wilby, Chairman of Norfolk County Council's Environment Development and Transport committee welcomed the news of the events saying: "Once again, we've lined up specialist chemists to come to seven of our recycling centres during September and help residents get rid of their unwanted household chemicals safely, without damaging the environment and for free."
"Last year, 10,000 residents came along to our amnesties and 212 tonnes of their household chemicals including 180 tonnes of unwanted paint were safely dealt with. We’re expecting this year's events to be as popular as ever."
Janice Coglin-Hibbert, Waste Reduction Officer at Norfolk County Council added: "We put these events on as a convenient way for residents to get rid of household chemicals, but most of us can do more to try to reduce the amount we end up with."
"Most of the type of chemical products we use around the house and garden give good information about the amount of coverage or application we can expect to get out of them. If we spend a bit more time working out how much we actually need to buy for a specific job, we would reduce the likelihood of ending up having to store the left overs."
"That would mean we save money by not over-buying and also help to push down the cost to council taxpayers of having to deal with the waste."
People can find out how to get to their nearest event by visiting www.norfolk.gov.uk/recyclingcentres or calling 0344 800 8020.
The County Council recommends that if people are planning to bring hazardous products to an amnesty event they should:
⚪ Keep all products in their original containers and not mix them together;
⚪ Keep containers clearly labelled where possible;
⚪ Make sure that the products are properly sealed to avoid leakage.
To find out more about the amnesty events, or if you are unsure about what can and can't be accepted, visit: www.norfolk.gov.uk/hazardouswaste or call 0344 800 8020.
The following products will NOT be accepted at the hazardous household waste amnesties:
- Ammunition, explosives or marine flares
- Commercial hazardous waste
- Gas canisters (full or part full)
All 20 of Norfolk's Main Recycling Centres in Norfolk also collect a range of other household materials all year round. For an A-Z of what you can and can’t recycle at our Main Recycling Centres please visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/recyclingcentres
For further information please contact:
Media Team at Norfolk County Council
Tel: 01603 228888
As part of a project we are working on with the Norfolk Rivers trust and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust on the Norfolk Coast AONB, there will be a series of events in the Norfolk Coast AONB
this August/September about Eels and the people who used to catch them. All of the events are free and don’t require booking. I appreciate that we have probably missed the deadline
for your parish newsletter, however I ask if it would be possible to please display this poster on your parish noticeboard and anywhere else if possible in order to hopefully encourage
people to come along and learn more about the elusive Glaven eel!.
Please click here to read the document.
Helen Timson, Norfolk Coast Community Projects Officer
Norfolk Coast Partnership, South Wing at Fakenham Fire Station, Norwich Road, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 8BB
You may recently have seen in the media and through your own letterbox, information about the new Recycling Rewards Scheme that has been introduced to improve recycling in
the Borough. We are hoping that you will help.
The company delivering the scheme, Local Green Points, has divided the Borough into five communities. Individuals will self-report their recycling activity and earn points for themselves and their community. Prizes will be given to the best performing individuals in each of the five communities, and all the community’s points are added together to nominate and support local charities with cash donations.
Local Green Points has already delivered an information pack to each household in the Borough, but many appear to have dismissed it as junk mail. Click here to view the information notice no. Supporting this important initiative will help to shape the positive recycling behaviour of local people by helping them become more aware of the importance of recycling, and by learning and sustaining positive recycling behaviour and habits.
David Thompson, Marketing Officer, Recycling & Waste Management, Commercial Services
Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk
Hamlin Way. Hardwick, Narrows Industrial Estate. King's Lynn. Norfolk. PE30 4NG
Tel: 01553 782067
Mob: 07500 225324
Fax: 01553 692809
More information about the scheme...
Local charities set to benefit when residents recycle
A new scheme which launched in Kings Lynn and West Norfolk last month will see six local charity and community projects benefit from residents’ recycling efforts. These are: Hospital Radio Lynn, West Norfolk Mind, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, The Rotary Club of King’s Lynn, The Norfolk Hospice and Festival Too.
West Norfolk Recycling Rewards encourages residents to recycle as much as they can in order to earn Green Points for their community. There are five communities across the Borough: Kings Lynn and Surroundings, Southern and Downham Market, Northern and Hunstanton, West Norfolk Fens and West Norfolk Central.
The rubbish and recycling produced by each of the five communities is measured and when rubbish is going down and recycling going up, registered members of that community will earn Green Points for their efforts. Residents can also earn more Green Points for their community by taking part in extra activities on the Recycling Rewards website, such as by reporting which materials they recycle each week.
After 6 months, the community that has earned the most Green Points overall will receive £1,500 to donate to one of the six charity projects, with the communities in second and third place receiving £750 each.
Residents can vote for which of the projects they’d like their community to support on the website at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/recyclingrewards.
Mark Shea, Commercial Director at the Norfolk Hospice, who currently have the most votes of the charities, said: "We’re really pleased to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this scheme as it’s a great way for people to support causes close to them with actions that are great for their community too."
As well as earning donations for charities, residents also have the chance to win vouchers for themselves – with one £50 and two £25 vouchers up for grabs for those individuals who contribute the most points to their community’s total each month. Winners can choose from Marks & Spencer, Alive Leisure, iTunes, Majestic Cinema and National Garden gift vouchers.
Cllr Brian Long, Leader of the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk and Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "Reducing waste and increasing the amount of quality recycling we collect is crucial. We would encourage people to sign up to the scheme to get more information about recycling whilst having the opportunity to earn rewards that could help a local charity."
The scheme is open to all residents of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk and is completely free to participate in. Welcome packs have been sent to all households with information on the scheme and how to recycle in West Norfolk.
To get involved, residents need to first activate their accounts either online at
www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/recyclingrewards, by calling 0207 3265055 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5:30pm) or by filling in the freepost activation from included with their welcome pack.
For more information please contact:
Bethany Fruen at Local Green Points on 0207 3265055 or email email@example.com
Sharon Clifton, Communications Manager, Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk on 01553 616711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org>.