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Hemel Hempstead Recycling Event

Saturday 9 April, 2016 (10am to 3pm)

What to do with your broken toaster or redundant TV?

If you have any unwanted electrical items lurking in your attic or under your bed, then please bring them to the Cupid Green depot on Saturday 9 April so that they can be recycled properly or even reused!

The Hertfordshire Waste Partnership (HWP) is holding this event specifically for residents to dispose of household electrical goods. This is one of ten special events which will take place across the county between April and July. The council is working with WEEE Stop, a company that provides an innovative solution for electrical recycling needs, to collect and inspect unwanted items. These could be anything with a plug or batteries – from a washing machine to a pocket calculator – which will then be recycled or reused.

Electrical items should be disposed of at events such as these or your local household waste recycling centres. They should not be placed in your kerbside bin, as they can contain toxic chemicals like mercury and lead, which can leak into landfill, and could harm people or wildlife living nearby.

Any electrical items that are powered by a plug or a battery are accepted. Those items that can be reused will be repaired if necessary, tested and put back on the market. Items which are not suitable for reuse will be dismantled and segregated for material recovery, with different material types sent to companies to be recycled into new products. Fluorescent tubes will not be accepted at these events but can be taken to Household Waste Recycling Centres for correct disposal.

Visit www.facebook.com/wasteawarepartnership or www.wasteaware.org.uk or call 0300 1234 051 to find your nearest electrical item recycling event. All 10 events take place on weekends between Saturday 9 April and Saturday 30 July and will be open to welcome residents between 10am and 3pm.

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Redbourn Christmas Market

A reminder that stall bookings are now OPEN for the Redbourn Christmas Market 2016 for Redbourn businesses (post codes AL3 7**). Bookings for others will open 1st April.

Having listened to feedback, this year stalls in Cumberland Gardens are to be housed in marquees with carpeted floors and those on the High Street will have sides, backs and weights. Please see our website for more details.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!


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Fraud prevention event 18/03/2016

Officers will be in attendance with staff at Natwest Bank in Harpenden on Friday 18/03/2016 between 2:00pm and 4:00pm to give advice on fraud prevention and other crime prevention.

Please come down and ask the officers and staff any questions regarding fraud or any scams that you feel we may be able to help you with or advise on.

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Free Compost

Sunday 20th March from 7.00am, Amey Depot, Ronsons Way, St Albans.

SADC are offering residents free garden compost, this is a DIY event, bring your own bags (Max 5 per car) and a spade, until stocks run out.

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Make your garden wildlife friendly this Spring

With Spring just around the corner, British wildlife is starting to emerge once again! Here are some things you can do to make your garden more wildlife friendly this season:

Make a bucket pond – making a pond out of a bucket or washing up tub is a lot easier to create than a full sized pond, but can still attract wildlife such as frogs and dragonflies! Simply dig a hole that’s big enough for your bucket (making sure there are no holes!), fill the bucket with rainwater, place some sand and pond plants in, and the pond will be filled with wildlife in no time! But please make sure any animals that could accidentally fall in have a way to get out. This might simply be a large stick, a ‘beach’ of stones, or keeping the water level right to the top.

Plant some wildlife friendly flowers – native flowers are incredibly important in providing a source of nectar for pollinators such as butterflies and bees. Plants such as lavender, jasmine and honeysuckle are all great, as well as any native wildflowers.

Build a bird or bat box – this is a great family activity, and many guides can be found online at sites such as the RSPB and the Bat Conservation Trust. There is something very satisfying about having creatures use a home you’ve taken the time to build for them!

Have an unkempt bit of garden – even if it’s just a small corner of your garden, letting grass grow tall and not applying pesticides and herbicides can boost insect numbers, which in turn are eaten by birds and their nestlings!

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