Residents Urged To Recycle The Recycle Box

But, if you don't want to turn it into a planter, drop-off available

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As the controversial new wheelie bin system begins to get rolled out Ealing residents have been given suggestions on what to do with their old green boxes.

Green box use

From June 6th, the majority of residents are moving to a new system of alternate weekly collections using a black wheelie bin for their rubbish and a blue wheelie bin for everything that currently goes in the green box and white plastics sack. Rubbish will be collected one week and recycling the next. Food waste will continue to be collected weekly using the small green bin.

For these residents, they will need to use their green box and white sack for the last time in the week commencing 30 May. The council won't be collecting old recycling containers after the switch over.

Only residents assessed as unsuitable for wheelie bins should keep using their green boxes and white sacks., because they will continue to use them.

In a bid to recycle the recycle boxes, the council has compiled a range of ideas on how to reuse them they can be viewed here

They say ''once they have been washed out, the boxes have a range of different uses including storage in the garden, home, shed or garage. They also make excellent raised beds and planters in a garden or balcony. The versatile white sacks are also useful for storage and transporting equipment and materials. They can be folded away for easy storage in between uses.''

Residents that cannot find a use for their old containers are encouraged to contact local schools, nurseries and community groups to see if they would welcome their donation.

Local people that do not wish to reuse or donate them can recycle their green boxes by dropping them to Greenford Reuse and Recycling Centre after Monday, 6 June.

The white sacks cannot be recycled.

The council has bowed to pressure and agreed they will also collect green boxes left at the same drop-off points that are used for real Christmas trees:

• Acton Green Common
• Acton Park
• Berkeley Fields (Berkeley Avenue)
• Churchfields, Hanwell (car park)
• Cleveland Park
• Ealing Central Sports Ground (Horsenden Lane South)
• Ealing Common (Junction of Grange Road and The Common)
• Elthorne Park (Boston Road)
• Islip Manor Park (Eastcote Lane car park)
• North Acton playing fields
• Perivale Park (Cowgate Road)
• Pitshanger Park
• Ravenor Park (Oldfield Lane South and Ruislip Road)
• Rectory Park (Parkfield Drive)
• Southall Park (Green Drive)
• Southfields Park
• Spikes Bridge Park (West Avenue)
• Springfield Gardens (Rosemont Road)
• Walpole Park (Lammas Park Gardens)

They can be left at these spots after the last old style collection (sometime in the w/c 30 May) There is no end date but council expect most to be dropped in the first few weeks of the new service.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “We don’t expect residents to give back their old recycling containers and are instead encouraging them to keep hold on to them for their homes and gardens. They have many possible uses and we have pulled together some inspiration on our Pinterest page.

“People who can’t reuse their green boxes and white bags can donate them to friends, neighbours, local groups, or nurseries and schools. As a last resort, we are accepting green boxes for recycling at the Greenford Reuse and Recycling Centre or at one of our drop-off points, but residents are encouraged to do the environmentally-friendly thing and reuse or donate them first.”

For more information on the new recycling and rubbish service, go to


11th May 2016










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