Love the planet this Mother’s Day (Sunday, 3 April) and reduce or recycle as much as possible.
Mums work hard all year round, and Mother’s Day is the time of year when we show how much we care and treat them to some pampering. But with all those cards, boxes of chocolates, wrapping paper and bunches of flowers, the special day can generate a large volume of waste which might end up in a landfill site.
Much of this waste can be recycled using the council’s various recycling services. Cardboard and greetings cards can be placed in your green box and plastic packaging in the white sack. Food leftovers can be put in the food waste bin and when flowers are finished with, they can be put out in the garden waste or in a composting bin. When choosing a card look out for the recycled paper symbol or show your mum you care with a homemade card made from reused materials.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to treat mums and make them feel special. This Sunday make the day as uniquely special as your mum is by making the effort to create an extra special gift, whether it’s in the kitchen or with arts and crafts. Ealing residents already recycle 40% of their household waste but we need to keep driving this figure up. By recycling more you are also increasing your chances of winning a cash boost for your ward in our Recycling Rewards competition with £80,000 up for grabs. The final survey to decide the winners is taking place now, so no time like the present to get recycling!”