Give recycling more summer loving

Ealing Council is encouraging residents to think green when they are enjoying barbeques, parties and festivals this summer.

Recycling this summer

Around 100 million barbeques take place each year in the UK, meaning that there are plenty of empty cans, bottles, boxes and other types of waste that need to be recycled. Residents are encouraged to cut down on what they put in the bin and recycle as much of their waste as possible this summer.

Much of the waste produced by barbeques and parties can be recycled using the appropriate recycling service or alternatively visiting one of the reuse and recycling centres in the borough. Any food scraps can either be put out in the kerbside food waste recycling collection, or in the home compost.

There are also a number of ways to reduce waste while enjoying socialising outside. Some ideas include buying a patio barbecue instead of buying a disposable one – this also saves money in the long run. Residents could also use reusable cups, plates and cutlery rather than disposable to save on waste thrown away.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “At this time of year it’s great to relax in the garden or the park and have a barbeque or picnic, but often the amount of waste produced can be considerable. With just a little bit of thought this waste can be reduced or at least recycled so it does not end up going to landfill. It’s easy to separate out the recyclables and everyone can help join in.  Please spare more than a throw away thought for our beautiful environment this summer – if everyone plays their part in waste reduction and recycling we can help preserve it for future generations.”

Further information and handy tips on waste reduction and recycling can be found at the series of summer roadshows hosted by the council’s recycling team during theEaling Summer festival. The roadshows will be at the following events:

Ealing Blues                 Saturday, 23 July   From 1pm Walpole Park
Ealing Global                Sunday, 24 July      From 1pm Walpole Park
Ealing Jazz                   30/31 July              From  2pm Walpole Park
The London Mela         Sunday, 4 Sep        From 1pm Gunnersbury Park