Plans to increase recycling to be considered

Ealing Council’s cabinet will consider proposals to increase recycling in the borough by introducing wheelie bins and switching to alternate weekly collections of refuse and recycling.

Refuse collections change due to bank holiday

The changes will be discussed  by thecouncil’s cabinet on Tuesday 16 June and, if agreed, are expected to be introduced in late spring 2016.

A new simpler mixed recycling service is proposed which is expected to make it easier for people to recycle and help the council reach its target of recycling 50% of household waste by 2018.

Most households that currently have the doorstep refuse and recycling service would be given two wheelie bins – one for refuse which is currently disposed of in black sacks, and one for mixed recycling.

With the exception of food waste, residents would  no longer be required to sort recycling into separate containers, but place it all in one wheelie bin which will be collected fortnightly.  The other wheelie bin for refuse would also be collected fortnightly on the week in-between recycling collections.  Food waste would continue to be collected from the food waste bins every week.

The system proposed for Ealing has been introduced in many other parts of the country, including in the neighbouring boroughs of Brent and Harrow, who have seen recycling rates rise by 12% and 22% respectively following the switch.

As well as improving recycling rates, the proposed new system is expected to considerably reduce the amount of rubbish on the streets caused by black sacks being torn open by foxes and vermin.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “We’ve taken huge strides forward to improve recycling, but it’s clear that we must make some big changes now if we want to further increase recycling rates.  Last year the council spent £10million disposing of rubbish in landfill, which is a huge cost to the taxpayer and a waste of valuable resources.  Introducing wheelie bins for mixed recycling will make the system much more straight forward for residents and will help us to achieve the target of recycling 50% of all household waste by 2018.

“Around 70% of local authorities, including other London boroughs, have already switched to this sort of system and have seen their recycling rates rocket.  I will be encouraging my cabinet colleagues to agree to the changes proposed, as it will be good for the environment, make our borough cleaner and save millions of pounds.”

Properties on red routes will continue to use black sacks for rubbish and their usual clear sacks for recycling.  Those in flats who have a bulky or paladin bin for communal recycling or refuse will have no change.

There is a European-wide target to ensure half of household waste is recycled by 2020.

The council will assess properties which it feels are not suitable for a wheelie bin and provide the same service offered to homes on red routes.

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.