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Even in a city with a great public transport system you may still find the need to use a car for some journeys, after all, if you’ve done a really huge food shop or bought a new gas bottle for your barbeque then carrying this home on public transport is not something to look forward to. In London though there are other options available to give us alternatives to buying and maintaining our own car.
Metals can be recycled and turned into new household products like tins, cans & aluminium foil. Aluminium foil is a common sight in most kitchens. It can be used for many things including wrapping sandwiches, covering chocolate bars and Easter eggs and as a takeaway container.
Last year West Londoners threw away 1,700 tonnes of electricals in the rubbish bin instead of repairing or recycling. This is a huge waste of resources, especially when you know the amount of virgin resources it takes to create your electricals, which will end up being wasted.
Plastic is a very useful material but can be harmful if not recycled properly. The biggest issue is single-use plastics. Approximately five million tonnes of plastic is used every year, nearly half of which is packaging.
There are lots of different types of plastic. Each type has different chemical properties making them hard to recycle all together. When you look in your rubbish bin, most of the items in it, after you’ve recycled everything you can, are made from plastic. For example, shrink wrapping and trays for meat and fish. You can take easy and quick steps to reduce the amount of plastic you throw away.
West London Waste authority is responsible for the disposal of waste collected by the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames. Find your local borough services below.
It can be amazing to look at what is thrown away and how much there is. In west London over 350,000 tonnes of rubbish (that’s 8 trains a week each with 11 carriages straight into a hole in the ground) was thrown away last year plus around 300,000 tonnes of recycling. That’s a huge amount and here at West London Waste we’re really pleased that West London has a recycling rate of over 40% thanks to our residents. There’s more we can all do to reduce waste. You’ll find loads of information, ideas, tips and practical things you can do contained here in the pages of this website. Take a browse through…