Ealing hits 50% household waste recycling target a year early

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Ealing has reported meeting its goal of recycling 50% of all household waste a year ahead of its 2018 target. According to the borough, latest figures show its recycling rates are continuing to buck the London and national trend which are experiencing falling rates.

Recycling rates in Ealing are said to have risen by five percentage points in the last year (April 2016-March 2017). In June 2016 the council introduced alternate weekly collections and wheelie bins.

Final statistics for 2016-17 are reported to have shown rates increasing to 50.66%, up from 45.35% in 2015-16.

"As a result Ealing has moved up London’s recycling league table and is one of the capital’s best performing boroughs," said Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure.

The tonnage of food waste recycled from homes across the borough is also said to have risen with an increase of 46.5% compared to the same period last year. 6,586 tonnes were reportedly recycled between 1 April and 31 March, and the council reports a 300% increase in requests for food waste containers from residents since alternate weekly collections began.

Mahfouz added: “Since the introduction of our new collection service in June 2016 and by making it even easier for local people to recycle, we have met our ambitious target of recycling 50% of household waste, a year ahead of schedule."

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