Saturday, June 26, 2010

Check your Drains

Some of you may recall an incident earlier this year when birds and animals started dying around Alexandre Lake on Wanstead Flats in Aldersbrook. Two men have now been charged – report Wanstead & Woodford Guardian. It is not clear from the report whether it was a deliberate act or whether they were dumping pesticides or hazardous materials. So I thought it would be prudent to remind everybody of an article included in our May 2004 hardcopy newsletter, way before we had this blog.
As of 1st January 2004 a range of about 80 hitherto freely available garden pesticides have been banned by the EU and as from 31st March 2004 it is illegal even to store them. [Daily Mail 20th March]. Anyone found in possession of these products after this date is liable to a fine of up to £5,000, but don’t worry the council do not intend to set up shed police. What you simply must not do is pour them down the drain.

Redbridge Council has an arrangement with the Corporation of London under which Domestic hazardous waste can be collected by appointment free of charge. One of our members has already used this service and was very impressed. The telephone number is: 020 7332 3433.
If you are unsure our secretary still has the list as published in the Daily Mail, or you can visit

Which leads me on to Drains. Not all domestic and business premises have separate drainage for surface runoff i.e. rainwater, and sewage and foul water – sewage is obviously from toilets and foul water is from sinks, basins, baths and appliances like washing machines and dishwashers. So please do check if you have separate drains and that your foul water is being discharged into the correct gulley. The surface runoff drains directly feed lakes in Fairlop Waters, Valentines Park and South Park among other places and such mis-connections have been causing problems and can have a serious effect on wildlife, domestic animals and humans.

I just hope those eco showers mentioned in an earlier post are being discharged into the correct waste system.

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