TAMESIDE residents have responded superbly to a plea to make sure only clean paper and card goes in their blue bins to save money and help the environment.
The blue bin contamination campaign, jointly launched by Tameside Council and Recycle for Greater Manchester in February, is already saving approximately £14,500 per month, helping to safeguard limited funds for priority services.
From April to October, 2020, more than 340 lorry-loads of paper and card recycling from Tameside were rejected as they were contaminated with other waste such as nappies, plastic bags, polystyrene and even food. This added up to more than 1,600 tonnes and cost around £142,000 in landfill charges.
However, in the first month of the campaign, only three lorry-loads were turned down. That is a 92% improvement on the normal monthly average of 38 and represents a possible annual saving of almost £175,000.
Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council's executive member with responsibility for waste and recycling, said: "I want to say a huge thank-you to all of our residents for responding so positively to the campaign and sorting out their blue bin recycling correctly. This is saving significant amounts of public money that can now go towards vital frontline services.
"This has been a truly exceptional effort and I want to urge everyone to keep up the good work so that we can keep seeing the financial and environmental benefits."
As part of the campaign, waste services manager Garry Parker explains more about the issue with contaminated blue bins here www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H7m62B2toM
For further information visit: https://recycleforgreatermanchester.com
It may be a year of uncertainty for lots of families but one thing is for sure – Tameside's foster families are as amazing as ever.
This October, the Tameside Council fostering team are celebrating all the ways that foster siblings change the lives of children every day. Supporting the national campaign led by The Fostering Network, the Sons & Daughters campaign features children and young people from Tameside's foster families as they share what being a foster sibling means to them.
The children and young people of Tameside foster carers were asked: 'What is the best thing about having a foster sibling?' And here are some of the responses...
Freddie, aged 8 from Tameside says;
'The best thing about being a foster sibling is that they are really cute and we get to take care of them so they're safe'.
Becky, 21 helps her mum take care of her foster children and says 'The best thing about having a foster sibling is being able to be in their life and make a positive impact. Whether that be by playing, making them smile, talking, listening to them and just being there. It enables growth within the foster child and myself which is so uplifting. You can see the foster child happy and smiling as their life is changing for the better'.
While Georgia, 7 loves that she 'has someone to play with all the time'.
Tameside Council Deputy Executive Leader Bill Fairfoull says 'Here in Tameside, we value our foster families who make such a difference to local looked after children's lives. Fostering gives them the opportunity to experience a stable and happy family life and a support system to help them to achieve their dreams. It's great to hear from birth children of local foster families on how fostering is positive experience for them too.'
The campaign acts as part of Tameside's wider strategy to recruit more fantastic foster carers to look after local children in need of a loving and safe home. As the pandemic continues, Tameside is still in need of foster carers and are appealing to those who may be looking for a career change for a number of reasons. If you have worked with children before or maybe you are a nurse, teaching assistant or youth worker looking for truly rewarding role, Tameside can support you through specialist training to help you become a highly skilled foster carer.
Head to the website; https://www.tameside.gov.uk/fostering and the Tameside Facebook and Twitter pages to see the campaign video in full and hear more of what Tameside's wonderful foster siblings have to say.
You can also view the video here; https://youtu.be/nYAJT0CnAZA
Do you know someone who could foster a local child?
Tell them to call the friendly Tameside Fostering team today on 0161 342 2342 today or visit the website www.tameside.gov.uk/fostering to find out more.
The Tigers ran rampant at home to Lancaster City, Tom Pratt scoring a hat trick in a 5 - 2 Victory
Captain Pratt opened the scoring lobbing over the Lancaster goalie Sam Ashton.
Shortly afterwards Liam Tongue then curled one home to double Hydes lead, then on the half hour mark Lancaster pulled one back.
As the game resumed after half time John McCombe quickly made it 3 - 1. Shortly
afterwards Tom Pratt smashed the ball into the roof of the net to add a Fourth.
as the game progressed substitute, Paddy Lane jinxed past two Lancaster defenders then played the ball across the box to Platt who then made it a hat-trick.
Tigers kept attacking looking for a sixth goal but had to be content with five. The game ended with three well deserved points on the board.
- ORGANISATIONS and individuals have shared their environmental pledges following the first ever Tameside Green Summit.Now residents, businesses and groups are urged to join in and do their bit by making a pledge that will help save the planet.The green summit, organised by Tameside Council, saw businesses, public services and voluntary and community groups gather at Dukinfield Town Hall on 6 November. They heard presentations from leading experts, debated key topics and concluded by making environmental pledges for themselves and their organisations, which will have a positive impact on the environment and climate change.Chief Executive Steven Pleasant made the pledge that Tameside Council and Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group will seek accreditation as a Carbon Literate Organisation, embedding corporate social responsibility and low carbon behaviour in staff and working practices.Tameside Council Executive Leader Councillor Brenda Warrington and Executive Member for Neighbourhoods Councillor Allison Gwynne made pledges on energy and trees.They stated: “We will reduce the energy demand from heating, cooling, hot water and appliances across our corporate estate through better management and installation of appropriate retrofit measures.“We will continue our programme of tree planting in Tameside by planting 3,500 trees across our green spaces in 2018/19. We will continue our partnership with City of Trees and will encourage all new developments to include high quality tree planting.”There wasn’t a blank space on the pledge wall at the event with schools, businesses and public organisations all making commitments.Russell Scott Primary School headteacher Steve Marsland pledged to continue to empower and engage children to make green decisions for their own sustainable futures. And Laura O Flaherty, from St James’ Primary School in Hattersley, pledged to reduce the amount of energy wasted throughout the school and home by making sure lights and interactive whiteboards are switched off when classrooms are not in use and turning off all computers, laptops and monitors at the end of the day.Adrian Rooney, of Bardsley Construction, pledged to target less than 10% of waste from building projects to go to landfill and target a 10% reduction in carbon by the end of 2019.Jacob Hirst, of Tameside Youth Council, who spoke at the event with fellow member Emily Sykes, pledged to promote recycling to young people.A video created by Millbrook Primary and Nursery School was shown at the event and can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOvjfildv1o. The school also pledged to reduce their use of plastics and find suitable alternatives.Councillor Warrington said: “The consequences of not protecting the environment, cleaning up our air and living sustainably are grave and endanger our children and grandchildren’s futures.“I’m delighted with the response to the Tameside Green Summit and the amount of pledges made but we now need these to be fulfilled. And I’d like to see everyone in Tameside make an environmental pledge and play their part. Small but achievable changes in consumption and lifestyle, whether reducing, reusing or recycling, can add up to a massive impact if we all commit to them. By working together we can make a difference.”Pledges can be shared on social media by using the hashtag #tamesidegreensummit.
- Pupils and teachers at Stalybridge’s Gorse Hall Primary and Nursery School are helping raise awareness of the health dangers of keeping the engine running when parked up, which is a particular problem on the school run.They’ve joined Tameside Council in supporting Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) campaign to tackle some of the common myths about leaving vehicle engines ticking over.The youngsters held up signs saying “engine off when you stop” to drive home the message. The roadside signs will be placed around the borough.A recent study revealed that switching off the engine when at a standstill could help reduce air pollution during peak travel hours by as much as 30 percent.Harmful fumes pumped out don’t just affect people outside the vehicle – drivers and their passengers are exposed as well.One misconception is that it’s a waste of fuel to restart the engine. But leaving it running wastes more fuel – every two minutes ticking over is the fuel equivalent of driving a mile.The campaign also calls on people to walk or cycle where possible, use public transport, car share and to consider upgrading to a hybrid or electric vehicle when looking for a new car.The eco-friendly school is already an advocate for tackling air pollution after taking part in National Clean Air Day last summer.Pupils made a video about its causes and what families can do to protect themselves and the environment — and were named runners-up in a competition run by TfGM.Headteacher Alexandra Flood said: “Our school has done much to raise awareness of the dangers poor air quality can have on our health.“And we’ve asked children, parents and staff to pledge to take action to reduce air pollution. These changes can be as simple as switching off the car engine during the school drop off, walking to school and avoiding busy roads, or travelling by bus or train.”Tameside Council’s Public Health Annual Report, which can be read at www.tameside.gov.uk/publichealthreports, describes how air quality is a re-emerging 21st century public health threat. It aims to raise awareness of the risks of traffic-related air pollution and identify what individuals and organisations in Tameside can do to limit their contribution and exposure.Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington said: “This is a tremendous initiative from Stalybridge’s Gorse Hall Primary and Nursery School and it is something that we should encourage all schools across Tameside to do. Air pollution is a real health danger that affects us all – but we can all take simple actions to help reduce it.“Leaving your engine running is something we’ve all done but by not leaving it ticking over we’ll reduce harmful traffic fumes and improve air quality, particularly around school gates to protect children’s health.”Vehicle exhausts can produce harmful gases – and tiny particles of soot and other matter – that pollute the air and are linked to increases in asthma, allergies, heart and lung disease and cancer.It’s estimated that air pollution contributes to the premature deaths of up to 2,000 people in Greater Manchester each year.GM Mayor Andy Burnham said: “Air pollution is an invisible menace and one which our young people are particularly vulnerable to. That’s why I’m calling on those of us who make the school run to switch their engines off when parked near the school gates. It makes financial sense, environmental sense and good health sense to switch off.”Greater Manchester’s lead for environmental issues and climate change, Councillor Alex Ganotis, added: “Switching off engines at the school gates will not only help to protect our young people but lead to real improvements in air quality in our region.”The region has been in breach of its legal limits for nitrogen dioxide, one of the most harmful pollutants, every year since 2011.But air quality is improving as TfGM, local councils like Tameside and other partners are busy implementing the policies and measures in Greater Manchester’s Low Emission Strategy and Air Quality Action Plan.