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Ealing to collect all plastics following residents' demands

Strong public demand has prompted Ealing Council to start collecting all plastics for recycling from November 19 2007. The move follows a large scale consultation with residents, with a 23% response rate, which found that 87% of respondents wanted a collection service for all plastics. Under the scheme all plastics except childrens toys will be collected and subsequently separated. To aid this process the council has asked residents to keep plastics separate from other recyclables. A council spokeswoman said: Any plastics that can be recycled will be and plastics that cant be may be used as an energy source. When asked if these unrecyclable plastics might be exported for processing she said: We are keen to keep as much of the process local as possible and within the UK. Contractors for the plastics scheme have not yet been announced. This scheme is part of a larger initiative, which includes waste education and increase recycling opportunities for residents, to help the council meet 30% targets by 2007/08 and more ambitious targets of 38% by 2010. With all recyclables and residual waste being as collected weekly on the same day, the spokeswoman added: The principal behind the scheme was to make it as simple as possible for residents. Other successfully introduced schemes, such collection of food waste and garden waste collection, have helped to boost recycling rates from 19% in 2005/06 to 25% in 2006/07.

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