Ealing’s hits record breaking recycling rates

bassam-wheeliesEaling continues to buck the national and city-wide trend of falling recycling rates.

The council is thanking residents for their continued hard work in helping the borough improve its recycling rates, which have risen by an impressive six percentage points since its successful alternate weekly collections service was launched in June.

The latest figures show the council is already meeting its target of recycling more than 50% of the borough’s household waste by 2018. Recycling rates have increased to 51.41%, up from 45.35% in 2015-16.

The tonnage of food waste recycled from homes across the borough has seen an increase of 54% compared to the same period last year, with 4676.74 tonnes recycled between June and January.

The council has changed the way household waste is collected last June, making it easier for residents to recycle. As a result of the changes, paper, plastic tubs and bottles, metal tins, foil, cans, glass, cardboard and much more can now be put straight into the blue wheelie bins without sorting. These are collected on alternative weeks, with rubbish stored in the black wheelie bins collected fortnightly, with green food waste collected every week.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure said: “Thank you to everyone who’s doing their bit to help us boost our record breaking recycling rates in the borough. We continue to buck the trend of falling recycling rates across London and England and I’m delighted that we’re well on course to hit exceed our ambitious 50% recycling target by 2018.

“The council remains committed to helping households recycle more and to do their part for the environment. These latest figures show that by working together with residents we can make a real difference.”

Residents can check their collection day and find out what they can recycle at www.ealing.gov.uk/bins.

Residents are also reminded that to recycle batteries and textiles, items should be bagged and placed on top of, or next to their bin.

Green food waste bins can be ordered at www.ealing.gov.uk/reportit.