Flats recycling service to be expanded

Residents in flats and estates will soon be able to recycle their food waste, plastics and cardboard as part of new recycling services in the borough.

In addition, people will be able to recycle unwanted electronic equipment such as toasters, TVs and old computers at 11 drop banks to ensure these potentially harmful items are not being sent to landfill.

These additional services, which were approved at last week’s cabinet, are part of the council’s commitment to recycle 50 per cent of Ealing’s household waste by 2020.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “By expanding our services we are making it easier than ever before for people living in flats and on our estates to recycle.  This will ensure that recycling is a truly universal service for everyone, regardless of where they live.

“Food accounts for more than a third of the waste in an average west London household’s bin. By recycling it rather than sending it to landfill, you are not only helping the environment but also saving yourself, and the council, money.

“By cutting down on the amount of food you throw away you could potentially save as much as £50 a month. And, for every 1,000 tonnes of waste that is recycled rather than being dumped in landfill, the council saves £105,000. That all adds up and represents hundreds of thousands of pounds a year which could be spent on other services for residents instead.”

The cabinet’s decision was made on Tuesday, 22 January. All cabinet decisions are subject to call-in for a period of five working days from the date of publication of the minutes of the meeting.

Residents in purpose-built flats will be able to recycle their food waste, plastics and cardboard from summer 2013. Drop banks for small electrical items will also be available in the summer.

Residents in larger estates will be able to recycle their plastics and cardboard from autumn 2013, and food waste from spring 2014.