Ealing to make commingling recycling switch
Councillors in Ealing have approved a switch from kerbside-sorting to a commingled recycling collection system this June. The changes to the authority’s waste collection contract will also mean switching to an alternate weekly collection rota, as well as introducing wheeled bins for the collection residual and recyclable waste.
The current kerbside-sorting system requires around 98,000 households (not including those in large blocks of flats and housing estates) to place recyclable plastics in a white sack and all other dry recyclables, such as glass, cans and paper in a green box. Ealing currently recycles 45 per cent of its waste, and believes the change to commingled collections could increase the rate of recycling by a further 7 per cent. Similar switches in neighbouring boroughs of Brent and Harrow have seen recycling rates rise by 12 per cent and 22 per cent respectively.
Knowaste are impressed to see a clear intention from Ealing to increase the amount of waste being recycled. Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, has stated that last year the council spent "£10 million disposing of rubbish in landfill, which is a huge cost to the taxpayer and a waste of valuable resources”.
With the prospect of a new recycling facility in Hayes, on the boundary between Hillingdon and Ealing, Knowaste looks forward to playing its part in helping Ealing meet recycling targets. We estimate that our new site will handle at least 36,000 tonnes of AHP waste a year, helping the area reduce waste and reach its ambitious aims.