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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A campaign to tackle food waste and homelessness in the borough this winter has been launched.

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“My grandparents used to live down there. My parents’ first house was just here. My aunt and uncle used to live in that house on the corner. For me, this is personal.”

Council chiefs have launched a new fight against fly-tipping by posting CCTV footage of suspects online so they can be identified.

Almost a third of Barking and Dagenham’s household waste is now recycled, but the borough still lags well behind the national average, latest council figures reveal.

Canals feature in some of the most beautiful landscapes the capital has to offer, but among their number were some which didn’t survive to be admired in the present day.

Pupils are celebrating the reopening of their school’s beloved garden five months after it went up in flames.

Volunteers unhappy with the state of a public footpath took matters into their own hands and cleared up a huge collection of rubbish, filling a dumpster and several bin bags.

Barking and Dagenham residents received more than £23,000 in compensation from companies they had long running complaints against last year, new figures reveal.

A crackdown on boy racers could mean them paying up to £1,000 for stunts.

This is the latest state-of-the-art facility in the battle to increase recycling – and it’s in Dagenham.

A driver who threw a cigarette stub in the street has been ordered to pay more than £600 after failing to pay a £75 fine.

The council has pledged to stop tenants parking in a square children use to play football.

A landlord who illegally converted a three-bedroom house into two flats was ordered to pay almost £135,000 or face jail.

The hunt is on to find the cheeky fly-tippers who dumped 40 tonnes of rubbish near a primary school in Dagenham - twice in one week.

These four maps reveal stark differences in social inequality in Barking and Dagenham and show how the rich and the poor are sometimes living next door to each other.

A trader who blames double yellow lines for a 50 per cent fall in profit is furious after the council missed its own deadline for implementing a new parking system to protect businesses.

Poor planning has been blamed for parking “anarchy” and “chaos” as residents brand developers’ efforts a “complete failure”.

The first ever injunction banning gypsies and travellers from setting up camp on sites across the borough was granted by the High Court.

Catchy pop may not spring to mind when you consider where to ditch your yoghurt pot.

A ban on gypsies and travellers setting up camp on sites across the borough is due to be heard in the High Court tomorrow.

A park turned even greener at the weekend after thousands of extra trees were planted by an army of volunteers.

Residents are being urged to share their thoughts on plans to transform Barking and Dagenham’s parks.

A cashless parking scheme traders branded “soul-destroying” has been backed by readers.

Rubble, rat traps, needles and syringes dumped in a private car park next to a nursery led to council intervention.

Bird-fanciers are clashing with other residents and the Council over the borough’s most historic site.

A campaigner who is fighting to bring back green garden waste collections says she is hopeful after a council scrunity group agreed to support her petition last night.

Barking and Dagenham is the fourth worst borough in the capital when it comes to recycling.

A managing director is helping his former school reduce its carbon footprint.

Residents have until the end of today to register their opinions on crime and policing in the borough.

A church cemetery has been transformed thanks to the work of a group of young volunteers.

Residents are campaigning to bring back free green waste collections as a consultation on a paid-for service comes to a close.

The council’s war on “grime crime” will include exposing culprits on a “wall of shame”.

Noisy delivery drivers are causing sleepless nights for residents.

A mum and daughter have admitted fraud after selling sick and dying puppies.

A new waste strategy will aim to overturn the worst recycling rates in the capital.

Rats, faeces and furniture have turned a former travellers’ site into a “disgusting” tip.

Children from across the borough are learning about the importance of re-using materials as part of National Recycling Week.

A campaign which aims to reduce the amount of rubbish thrown away by residents has been officially launched by the council.

Scones smothered in organic jam went down a treat at a farm open day.

Guerilla gardeners besieged the town centre to offer people packs of seeds in grenade-like containers, urging them to “seed bomb” empty green space.

An opera singer, astro turf and mannequins are showing what balconies can become in an attempt to inspire a future filled with “sky spaces”.

Residents are being encouraged to bin their wasteful habits as a tour of their annual household rubbish launched earlier today.

A dog was left in a car at the Dagenham steam and cider festival on Saturday, despite blazing sunshine at the dog-friendly fair.

Water voles – the country’s most endangered mammal – have been given a boost in the borough.

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