The many benefits of recycling clearly haven’t been lost on residents as the borough continues to post record recycling rates – however a few may be surprised at just what their paper, glass and bottles can eventually be used for once they have been recycled.
As part of Recycle Week 2017, which runs until 1 October, the council is working in partnership with Recycle for London to show residents how easy it is to make a positive difference through recycling.
There’s no better example of this than how household waste is turned into useful new products and energy. For example, did you know that recycling just 20 plastic drinks bottles could make a football shirt for your favourite football club?
Or that roughly a years’ worth of the borough’s domestic food waste could generate enough electricity to power a local primary school for over 10 years?
You can find out much more thanks to a series of short videos on the Recycle Week 2017 Youtube channel where there is also some great tips and advice on all things recycling.
To mark Recycling Week in Ealing, the council’s recycling team will be appearing at the below locations across the borough over the coming days:
• Tuesday 26 September – Morrisons Acton, W3 – 11am to 3pm
• Wednesday 27 September – Waitrose West Ealing, W13 – 11am to 3pm
• Thursday 28 September – Pitshanger Lane, W5 – 11am to 3pm
• Friday 29 September – Sainsburys, W13 – 11am to 3pm.
The team will provide information on the benefits of recycling and what you can do to improve your recycling habits.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “There’s so much that can be recycled and even those who recycle regularly will be surprised by items that could be added into the recycle bin. I encourage everyone to take a look at what they are throwing in the rubbish and see whether there’s anything they can recycle instead.”
“In the last year Ealing has outperformed every other London borough bar one for recycling rates, seeing 43,000 tonnes of household waste recycled – more than 50% of the total amount. This is a record to be proud of and by working alongside residents we are looking to improve these rates even further.”
As part of the improved service introduced by the council in 2016, black rubbish bins are collected one week and blue recycling bins the next. Food waste is collected every week in the small green bins.