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New recycling vehicles hit Ealing town

A convoy of 14 new recycling vehicles costing £1.7 million has hit the streets of the London Borough of Ealing as part of a multi-million pound investment in waste and recycling services. Ealing is the first London Borough to collect mixed plastics and its new trucks will enable the councils contractor ECT to pick up mixed plastics and garden waste at the same time. More than 87% of residents asked for plastic recycling to be introduced, in a consultation held by the council last year. An ECT spokeswoman said: All types of plastic apart from garden furniture and toys will be collected by ECT. They will be source segregated at the kerbside and then taken to our depot to be reprocessed. We will assess what types of plastics are coming in to us and then make a decision of how best to process it. All plastics will stay in the UK. Ealing council is hoping that further investment in waste and recycling services will see recycling rates rocket. It currently stands at 25%. Council leader Jason Stacey said: Its very exciting that the new services have started to be rolled-out. Early indications are that plastic recycling is proving to be popular and that residents are taking full advantage of the new services available. ECT technical director Dan Waltzer added: People will see how much they are recycling on a regular basis and may be surprised by how little needs to be thrown away as waste. Image: Ealing Hoover Trucks

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