Archive for January, 2016

Ealing Council has announced the colour of the wheelie bins due to be distributed across the borough ahead of the improvements to the way recycling and refuse will be collected in late spring.


wheelies_web2Households will receive a blue wheelie bin for their mixed recycling and a black wheelie bin for their rubbish. They will be collected on alternate weeks with recycling picked up one week and rubbish on the other. Residents will keep their green food waste bin and this will continue to be collected every week.

The blue colour of the recycling bin was chosen to match recycling bins already in use in west London and the black refuse bins are already in use in Southall and some other households across the borough.

Southall residents already use a black wheelie bin for their rubbish. They will keep these and receive an additional blue one for their mixed recycling. Everyone else moving to the new wheelie bin collection system will take delivery of two bins. Wheelie bins will start to be delivered in May.

The new wheelie bins are 240 litres in capacity and are 110cm high, 58cm wide and 74cm deep. They hold roughly the equivalent of four to five full black refuse sacks or five full green boxes. Residents that produce small amounts of rubbish may opt to share with a neighbour or request a smaller black rubbish bin.

Reasonable amounts of extra recycling left beside blue wheelie bins will be collected, however, extra rubbish sacks left on top or at the side of wheelie bins will not be collected.

Residents that are physically unable to move the new bins will be able to request an assisted collection. Those that already have an assisted collection will continue to receive this extra help when the service changes.

The council will be writing to affected households next month to tell them more about how the improved service works, how they can request a smaller bin, how to request an assisted collection and when the service will start. Flats that use communal recycling and refuse facilities as well as those who live on red routes will not be affected by the change.

Councillor Mahfouz said: “Wheelie bins will make a positive difference to the local area. We expect them to dramatically reduce the amount of litter on our streets from black bags ripped open by foxes and recycling blown away from open containers. They will also make recycling easier, because of us sorting the recycling, instead of residents doing so.  The system has also proven to boost recycling in neighbouring boroughs where it has been introduced and help us achieve our 50% target.

“We are going to make it as easy as possible for people to move to this improved system which is why we are writing to everyone affected next month with all of the information they need to make the change. We will also be using Facebook, Twitter, our resident’s magazine and local media to keep residents up to speed with the switch to wheelies and alternate weekly collections.”

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Ealing Council is once again asking residents to do the right thing and recycle their real Christmas trees.

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For the fifth year in a row, a free kerbside collection service will operate throughout January, as well as a number of drop-off points across the borough.

Residents that use a green box to recycle can leave their old Christmas trees at the front of their property on their collection day between 4 – 29 January. Residents can go to to find their collection day over the Christmas period.

All decorations should be removed and trees must be smaller than 20cm in diameter. Those higher than 6ft should be cut in two first.

Residents can also take real Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes to a number of drop-off points across the borough during the months of January and February. Once again, trees must have all decorations removed.

Christmas tree drop-off points:

  • Acton Green Common
  • Acton Park
  • Berkeley Fields (Berkeley Avenue)
  • Churchfields, Hanwell (car park)
  • Cleveland Park
  • Ealing Central Sports Ground (Horsenden Lane South)
  • Ealing Common (Junction of Grange Road and The Common)
  • Elthorne Park (Boston Road)
  • Islip Manor Park (Eastcote Lane car park)
  • North Acton playing fields
  • Perivale Park (Cowgate Road)
  • Pitshanger Park
  • Ravenor Park (Oldfield Lane South and Ruislip Road)
  • Rectory Park (Parkfield Drive)
  • Southall Park (Green Drive)
  • Southfields Park
  • Spikes Bridge Park (West Avenue)
  • Springfield Gardens (Rosemont Road)
  • Walpole Park (Lammas Park Gardens)

In addition, the council’s re-use and recycling centres accept garden waste, including Christmas trees, for recycling. These centres are located at Stirling Road, Acton and Greenford Road, Greenford.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “Christmas is a time for giving, so give some thought to how you can recycle more at this time of year. We see an extra 192 tonnes of waste sent to landfill around Christmas time and we all need this figure to come down. That’s why we are making it as easy as possible to recycle your real Christmas tree by continuing our doorstep collection service.

“Help is also at hand for people who don’t have the green box recycling service or for those who miss their collection day; they can take their trees to one of our 19 drop-off points across the borough. All of the trees that we collect are turned into nutrient-rich compost so it’s a great way to get your new year off to a green start.”

For more information on recycling in Ealing, go

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