Environment, Waste, Energy
Grants for central heating systems now available
Hundreds of households in the Stroud district that do not currently have central heating may be eligible for a grant of up to £4,000 to have a new system installed.
Stroud District Council, along with the other six district councils in the county and South Gloucestershire, has been awarded a share of £25 million government funding to help residents to keep their houses warm and lower their energy bills.
Councillor Simon Pickering, chairman of Stroud District Council’s Environment Committee, said:
“These grants are the perfect opportunity for households which have previously been stuck with more expensive forms of heating to have new efficient gas central heating installed. This will help lower bills and potentially bring people out of fuel poverty . These are grants rather than loans – and that’s a rarity these days.”
The scheme, run by Warm and Well, is predominantly aimed at properties that are currently heated by costly 'on peak' electric systems, although the replacement of other forms of heating systems will also be considered. The aim is to replace these with modern energy efficient condensing boilers, which could save a household on average £250 a year, based on a family in a three bed semi-detached house.
It is estimated up to 1,000 homes could be installed with new heating systems across Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire with the government funding.
There are qualifying criteria for the scheme and if households are either in receipt of certain benefits or have considerably high fuel bills in comparison to their household income then they may be eligible.
Alex Baxter, manager of the Warm and Well scheme, said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity to get central heating systems installed in hundreds of homes in the Stroud district that are finding it difficult to afford to pay for more expensive forms of energy such as electricity and solid fuel. Households most at need will be targeted first with the funding so that their homes are warmer and cheaper to heat”.
Unfortunately, properties that have an existing central heating system, even if not working, are not eligible for funding through the scheme. If the property is using night storage heaters, either the system must be faulty or only heating a maximum of 50% of the home to qualify.
Anyone considering installing a central heating system, should also ensure that their home is insulated. Householders may be entitled to a grant for cavity wall and loft insulation through the Warm and Well scheme, which can save £160 per year on fuel bills. All grants are subject to a survey and availability.
Further information and energy efficiency advice is available by calling the Warm and Well advice line on 0800 500 3076, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by texting ‘WARM’ to 83010.
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REFUSE COLLECTIONS - BAD WEATHER
If your refuse has not been collected within two days, please bring it back in and put it out for collection, as normal, for the next scheduled collection day.
If your collection was scheduled for a Wednesday and you have not received a collection, please leave your refuse and/or recycling out for collection until 6pm on Friday. See the table below for more details.
Collection Due Leave Refuse and Recycling out Until 6pm on
RECYCLING Facilities at Cainscross Car Park
If you wish to take any recyclable goods to a bank, there are banks for cardboard, paper and tetra banks and a bank for glass and plastic bottles.
link to SDC website Recycling - click here
HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING CENTRES (The Tip)
Gloucestershire County Council operates two Household Waste Recycling Centres in the Stroud area.
link to Pyke Quarry, Nr Horsley, Stroud. GL6 0QA
link to Hempsted, Hempsted Lane, Hempsted, Gloucester. GL2 6HS
9.00am - 6.15pm Monday to Sunday*. These hours will stay the same all year round.
*except Christmas Day and New Years Day
These sites accept a wide variety of materials for recycling including, paper, cardboard, textiles, garden waste, plastic bottles, engine oil, vegetable oil, light bulbs (traditional and energy efficient), fluorescent tubes, beverage cartons, glass, metal, wood and timber, batteries. Coupled with this you can also take waste for landfill and rubble.
Do you use a van or pick-up when visiting Household Recycling Centre?
It is necessary to book an appointment to bring a van, pick-up or large trailer to any of Gloucestershire county Council’s Household Recycling Centres.
Small trailers with a load space up to 6ft by 4ft do not now need to book.
To make an appointment please phone:
0845 602 9344 (lines open 9am – 5pm Mon to Fri) giving 24 hours notice.
BULKY WASTE COLLECTION
Stroud District Council offers a service throughout the year for the collection of HOUSEHOLD bulky waste.
Book a one-off large items collection today and let us get rid of the things you can't.
The charge is £15 for up to three items and then £5 for each item after that.
This service can be used for disposal of items such as tables, chairs, carpets, fridges and 3 piece suites.
To arrange collection phone SDC on 01453 754424 or for more information click here
Garden Waste Collection
From Monday 2 November 2015 you will be able to sign up for a kerbside garden waste collection. Collections will then start in February 2016.
A brown wheeled bin will be issued to residents who can accommodate a bin for a one-off £20 charge and an annual charge of £36. This works out to approximately £1.64 per collection.By signing up residents can help reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill thereby reducing gases that harm the environment as all garden waste collected by the Council will be composted.
The scheme is entirely optional and residents can still take their garden waste to the Household Recycling Centres.
For more information on Garden Waste Collection click here
The average household bin contains 43% of organic material which could be composted. This includes items such as eggshells, tea bags, fruit and vegetable peelings. This rots in landfill sites fairly quickly, but when buried like this, it produces methane which contributes significantly to global warming. These materials can be easily composted either in a traditional compost heap or a special bin. In addition to this, grass cuttings, leaves, pruning and small plant clippings can also be composted. Composting is an excellent way of reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.
Compost helps your garden and minimises the need for chemical fertilisers that can harm the environment and are costly to buy. Home made compost is equally as good and is absolutely FREE. By composting you also cut down on the need to buy peat based products. Most commercial compost comes from peat bogs - these provide natural habitats for rare plants and animals and are almost extinct.
How do I start composting at home?
Collect your kitchen waste (use an old plastic container in the kitchen) and garden waste and use one of the three ways to compost at home:
1) Pile it into a heap in an allocated part of the garden (on bare soil), cover with something waterproof and let nature do the rest.
2) Buy a compost bin
- To support local recycling efforts, cut price compost bins are on offer. Prices start from £8.49, plus £5.49 delivery charge. Order from www.gcc.getcomposting.com
Alternatively Tel: 0844 571 4444
You can make your own compost bin from wood (old pallets are useful), wooden posts and wire mesh lined with thick cardboard or old carpet. Cover it with carpet, a wooden lid of black plastic to keep the rain out and heat in - this will help quicken the rotting process.
We were advised of this useful link by Kayla on how composting fits into your garden landscape - click here
ENERGY RECOVERY CENTRE - JAVELIN PARK
environment agency information on proposal for Javelin Park - link to environment agency info about Javelin Park
Thanks to all those who regularly do pick up in the open spaces of the parish where you exercise your dogs.
To those who don't bother, please have more consideration. SDC have had some successful prosecutions, so watch out, you may be caught.
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