Zero Waste Week 4 – 8 September 2023

This week it’s Zero Waste Week so here are a few tips to get you started. 

Did you know?

The UK uses 7 million disposable coffee cups every day.

By 2050 there could be more plastic in our oceans than fish.

It can take over 2,000 litres of water to make a t-shirt, from growing the cotton to the dyeing process.

How to fight food waste?

  • Audit your food cupboards – Check what food items you have at home and their expiry dates.  Prioritize the use of items that have a short date to avoid waste.
  • Download the Kitche App – Kitche helps keep track of what is in your pantry and provides recipe ideas to use the item you already have to avoid waste.
  • Store and freeze food correctly – The Love Food Hate Waste website has a wealth of information on how to store and freeze food.  They also have new recipes to try to avoid food waste Food Waste Recipes (
  • Recycle your food waste: If you don’t already, start to recycle your unavoidable food waste – you can order a food waste recycling caddy here Food waste recycling | Ealing Council

Have you tried these?

  1. Recycle small electrical items in collection banks across Ealing borough. Electrical and electronic items recycling Ealing Council
  2. Donate your unwanted textiles to charityTraid (Home collections) and Salvation Army (Banks)
  3. Switch up plastic bottles such as shower gel, shampoo and conditioner for plastic free bars of soap, shampoo and conditioner.
  4. Use Real Nappies rather than disposable nappies.  (Only dispose of nappies in your refuse container.They cannot be recycled)
  5. Sign up for a library card at your local Ealing library.  Library cards are free for residents and can be obtained in your local library or online.  Join a library | Join a library | Ealing Council
  6. Pop along to Reduce and Recycle hub at Acton Market on first Saturday of the month: 2 Sep, 7 Oct, 4 Nov and 2 Dec 2023.

Other useful apps include:

  • Too Good To Go lists local food from retailers to pick up and save it from going to waste
  • Freegle to pass on unwanted items or request needed items
  • Olio to pass on your unwanted food and other items
  • Refill lists water refill places including water fountains in the borough.

Please use the recycling map to find out where you can recycle

For more information and resources please visit  

It’s #ZeroWasteWeek Become a Waste Warrior today

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