Councillor Julian Bell, the leader of Ealing Council, and Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, joined crews early this morning (6 June) as the new rubbish and recycling collections began.
Most households are moving to a new alternate weekly collection with black rubbish bins collected one week and blue recycling bins the next. Food waste will continue to be collected every week using the small green bins. Residents can check their collection day online at www.ealing.gov.uk/bins.
Councillor Bell and Councillor Mahfouz were in Hanwell first thing to see for themselves how the new collections were working.
Councillor Mahfouz said: “This is first morning of an entirely new system and I can already see the difference the new bins are going to make. I’m sure that residents will notice and appreciate the improvement as well. It’s much quicker for crews to collect household waste using the wheelie bins and the change to alternate weekly collection means fewer trucks on the road and less congestion.
“The new service will make it much easier for local people to do the right thing and recycle more and I am especially encouraging people to recycle all of their food waste every week using their small green bins. Disposing of food waste properly will help to keep black wheelies cleaner and it has a huge benefit to the environment.”
Councillor Bell said: “This is one of the biggest changes introduced in the borough in recent years, affecting nearly every household, and I would like to say thank you to all of our residents for their patience and cooperation over the last few months.
“Collection crews are working hard to make sure that the transition to the new system goes as smoothly as possible and residents can do their bit by making sure that they bring the correct bin to the boundary of their property by 7am on their collection day. Advice and help is on hand and local people should feel free to get in touch with the council if they have any questions. We are here to help.”
Residents who have been told they are moving to wheelie bins, but haven’t received them yet, should report it by completing the online form at www.ealing.gov.uk/bins. Those who aren’t online can call 020 8825 6000. Residents missing wheelie bins should continue to present their rubbish for collection using black bags and recycling using their green box, white sack and green food waste bin until we return with their bins.