Over 50,000 Missed Bin Collections in Ealing Borough

Council say service will improve when it moves in-house

Soaring Costs Could Mean Reduced Bin Collections

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There were more than 52,000 missed bin collections in Ealing over the last three years.

That averages out to roughly 319 missed bin collections per week, however with nearly a million collections per month, Ealing Council says that equates to a missed collection rate of lower than 0.25 per cent.

Councillor Mik Sabiers, who is heading up the council’s transition to an in-house rubbish collection service after it was previously run by external contactors, said bin collections were likely to improve.

He said: “By bringing the service in-house the council will have greater control, flexibility and security over how these services are managed and delivered for local residents and the investment we are making in new vehicles will lead to lower breakdown rates.

“Investing in our staff who provide these services, including paying them the London Living Wage and providing greater education and training opportunities means that we can ensure the high standards of our environmental services into the future and build on our superb record of recycling – currently the second highest in the capital at over 50%.”

The council-led service is scheduled to take over from the current contractor, Amey, in July next year.

The figures, obtained by the Local Democracy Service via a Freedom of Information Act request, show there were 52,702 missed collections between August 2016 and the end of September this year.

An Amey spokesperson said: “In Ealing we carry out nearly a million bin collections per month, and since January 2016 have had an average first-time collection rate of 99.85 per cent.

“Our aim is to always provide the best possible service to the community.”

Ged Cann - Local Democracy Reporter

November 6, 2019

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