Archive for April, 2011

Ten tonnes of compost up for grabs

With the gardening season well and truly underway, Ealing Council is giving away ten tonnes of compost on Friday 6 May.

Cllr Mahfouz taking part in the Compost Giveaway organised by Ealing Council & West London Waste

The giveaway, organised to mark Compost Awareness Week (Sunday, 1 May to Saturday, 7 May), takes place in Walpole Park, at the Mattock Lane vehicle entrance, between 1.30pm and 5.30pm.

The compost will be loose so residents are asked to come with their own bags, containers and shovels. There will be a limit on the quantity that can be taken by each person – approximately 90L – the size of a reusable garden waste sack. The compost is made from recycled food waste and garden waste collected from homes across west London.

There will also be information and advice on composting on hand from the council’s recycling team and a representative from West London Waste Authority inside the walled garden at Walpole Park. Residents are asked to check local parking restrictions when they come to pick up the free compost.

Home composting is a good way of disposing of organic waste, including food waste – leaving residents with fertilizer to use on the garden. The council, in partnership with Straight Plc, is offering residents reduced prices on compost bins. Prices start at £15.
Telephone 0845 130 60 90 for further details or

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “Good compost is the crucial ingredient for any garden so it’s fantastic that we’re able to offer compost that has been made thanks to the keen recycling gardeners of West London back for free.  Cheap compost bins are also on offer to help gardeners across the borough reap the rewards of their work in the garden.  I’d encourage all keen gardeners to come along on Friday and pick up their free compost.”

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Ealing Council is reminding residents to recycle waste after Royal Wedding parties.

party bunting

After the final cork has been popped and the last sandwich eaten, the council reminds residents to dispose of their party waste in an environmentally friendly way.

Glass bottles, plastic bottles and cardboard boxes can all be recycled from the doorstep. These items can also be taken to one of the three Re-use and Recycling Centres located in Acton, Southall and Greenford.

Leftover food can be recycled using the food waste bin or in composting bins. There are handy tips and recipes for party food and to how to avoid food waste, available on the Love Food Hate Waste website.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “There will be many who want to join in the celebrations with a Royal Wedding party.  It will create memories that will last a lifetime, but there’s no need to have piles of waste that will last even longer.  The vast majority of this rubbish can be recycled or re-used without any extra effort. Recycling rates in the borough are still growing but we cannot be complacent. Each and every resident needs to play their part and take full advantage of all the recycling services available to them so that our recycling rates keep moving in the right direction.”

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