Let’s recycle more around the kitchen

Residents across Ealing are being encouraged to recycle items they have probably never even considered before as part of Recycle Week 2015.

Collecting recycling

This year, the council’s theme for the week, 22-28 June, is ‘recycle around the kitchen’, which aims to help people to focus and expand their  recycling routine that mainly includes food waste, plastic bottles, tins, cans, glass jars, kitchen foil and cardboard.

Although there is nearly always a strong focus on the kitchen when recycling, there are a few items that sometimes get overlooked such as breakfast cereal, dishwasher tablets and kitchen wrap boxes, not to mention washing-up liquid bottles and plastic pots, tubs and trays too. Even the plastic bleach and surface cleaner bottles in the cupboard under the sink can be recycled.

During recycle week, and beyond, the council’s recycling team will be holding a number of events across the borough where residents can pick up lots of information and advice, particularly about recycling in flats.

Highlights include the smoothie bike at Greenford Carnival where you can cycle and make your own drink, information and recipe guides to help reduce food waste, the home visits in West Ealing to help local people to recycle more, recycling giveaways and more.

Representatives from West London Waste Authority, which is responsible for disposing of the waste collected by six London boroughs including Ealing, will also be on hand to give additional recycling information and advice.

The council’s recycling team will be holding events to mark Recycle Week 2015 on:

• Wed 24 June, 11am-5pm – Telford Road shopping parade, near the Golf Links, Southall, UB1
• Thu 25 June, 11am-5pm – Rectory Park Avenue, Northolt, UB5
• Fri 26 June, 11am-5pm – Stafford Road shopping parade, South Acton, W3
• Wed 1 July, 8am-4.30pm – Newmarket Avenue, near Petts Hill Primary School, Northolt, UB5
• Fri 3 July, 11am-5pm – Anderson Close, Acton, W3

• Sat 4 July, 12noon-7pm – Greenford Carnival, Ravenor Park, Greenford, UB6.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “We’re now recycling a record 45% of our waste, which is fantastic and I’d like to thank everyone who makes the effort to help us achieve this result.  The kitchen is a great place to start for anyone looking to begin recycling or to recycle one more thing.

“A shocking one-third of what we throw away is food waste, which could be turned into electricity.  Another one-third is other recyclable material.  You’d be surprised by just how much is recyclable and what it can be turned into instead of throwing it to landfill.  A lot of those items are in your kitchen and we’ve got a week of activities including the always-fun smoothie bike to help increase awareness and recycling.”

To help and encourage residents to recycle more, the council has an innovative website that shows the everyday household items people can recycle in an interactive and visual way. Visit www.recyclemystuff.org.uk to explore each room of a home to identify recyclable objects, including some more unusual items.

Councillor Mahfouz added: “Everything you recycle brings real benefits. It comes back again and again as new items, such as new cans which can be back on the shelves in just eight weeks, also plastic bottles that can be turned into football shirts, fleeces and new plastic bottles. “

For more information about the council’s recycling services and re-use and recycling centres in Ealing, please see Ealing Council’s recycling pages.