In June, the first month of the new service, 55% of all household waste was recycled. This compares to 48% last June- an increase of 7 percentage points and above the ‘50% by 2018’ annual recycling target that the council set for itself.
In Southall, the number of households participating in the council’s kerbside recycling service has jumped from 49% before the new service began to 73%. This is an increase of 24% meaning that many more households are recycling from home than previously.
More residents than ever are also taking part in the food waste recycling service. Before the service change, 35,000 green food waste bins were in use in the borough. An additional 7000 have been handed out as part of the service change and 150 extra tonnes of food waste was collected this June than in the previous month.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “I would like to say thank you to all of our residents who have used their blue wheelie bins and green food waste bins to recycle more in June. The increase in food waste participation is particularly encouraging, because of the huge impact this makes environmentally and financially for the council and our residents.
“The service is now working well on the whole, but we are aware that some problems remain in parts of the borough and are working closely with our contractor, and residents, to iron these out. I’m grateful for people’s patience and we will continue to do our best to help everyone to recycle as much as possible.”
More information about the new service, including collection schedules, is available atwww.ealing.gov.uk/bins.
Green food waste bins can be ordered atwww.ealing.gov.uk/reportit.