Ealing Council Seeks To Expand Recycling with TerraCycle

Products made of complex materials can now be taken to Greenford

Cllr Deirdre Costigan with the Terracycle deposit bin at Greenford
Cllr Deirdre Costigan with the Terracycle deposit bin at Greenford

Ealing Council is aiming to boost recycling rates by increasing the range of products you can dispose of in an environmentally friendly way.

In a six-month trial, the borough has teamed up with TerraCycle for a trial scheme to recycle a wide range of items not currently suitable for your blue bin.

Complex products such as toothbrushes and Pringles tubes which are made of a variety of materials are much more difficult to recycle.

During the trial they can be taken to Greenford Recycling Centre, in Greenford Road, where they can be taken away and recycled at a specialist facility.

TerraCyle will collect and recycle the waste by shredding and cleaning it before turning it into plastic pellets which can then be used by manufacturers to create new plastic products, reducing the demand for new products and materials.

You can order free plastic labels using an online form which can be stuck to a plastic bag (preferably clear but any will do). Then you need to book a time slot for a visit to the recycling centre to drop it off.

Councillor Deirdre Costigan, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for climate action said, “Ealing is one of the top performing boroughs in London for recycling household waste. But we want to achieve even more so we are making it easier for residents to recycle.

“This ground-breaking trial, in partnership with TerraCycle, will give local people the opportunity to recycle items that cannot be disposed of in blue bins, like toothpaste tubes and brushes, coffee pouches, Pringles tubes and snack wrappers. Working together we can reduce the amount of household waste ending up as landfill and help drive up rates of recycling across the borough.

“Terracycle is also based in Ealing which helps us deliver on our commitment to good jobs in the green economy for our residents.

“We will continue to focus relentlessly on implementing our ambitious climate action strategy as we deliver on our commitment to re-grow, recycle and re-wild in our borough.”

The trial will run until 30 November.

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May 25, 2022