Today sees the start of the new rubbish and re-cycling system across Ealing. No doubt there will be some teething problems but it must be good news that the council has committed Â£3.8 million to a package of improvements that will bring single day collections for all refuse and recycling and same day pick-up for missed refuse collections reported to the council by 5pm.
In my road the collection day is Tuesday and I am looking forward to only having to put stuff out one day a week. Great.
Most importantly plastics re-cycling will start today as well.
This move is really popular and will make Ealing a pioneer as the first borough to collect mixed plastic.
The story was picked up in tonight’s Eco News column in the Evening Standard.
Council leader Jason Stacey says:
Itâ€™s only a year since we first asked people what they wanted us to do to improve waste and recycling, so itâ€™s great that weâ€™ve been able to introduce these widespread improvements in such a relatively short amount of time.
The new services are part of our commitment to making the streets of Ealing cleaner. Itâ€™s important to us that we get the basics right and the roll out of these changes are a key milestone in our drive to improve the frontline services that we know really matter to local people.
Of course this investment means great change, not only for residents but also for our refuse and recyling teams. Weâ€™re confident that weâ€™ve put everything in place to make the transition as smooth as possible, but Iâ€™d ask people to be patient for a couple of weeks while the new services bed in.
If you do come across any problems then please call the customer services line on 020 8825 6000. They are pretty good at sorting problems out. I call them several times every week when I see fly-tips or other streets related problems.