CAMPAIGNERS who want to cut the volume of waste transported out of West London by rail visited a plant that recycles 2million plastic bottles a day for environmental inspiration.

Members of West London Rubbish Dieters social enterprise - who have committed to reducing the amount of food and packaging they toss in the bin - took part in a fact-finding trip to Closed Loop Recycling in Dagenham, Essex.

They are trying to highlight how much trash could be diverted from landfill instead of being loaded onto the train, which is a mile long, comprises 78 shipping containers filled with refuse and leaves up to four times a week destined for a tip in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.

Sarah Kersey, West London co-ordinator for the Rubbish Diet, seeing off the West London rubbish train, which transports 47 shipping containers' worth of refuse to landfill in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire
Sarah Kersey, West London co-ordinator for the Rubbish Diet, seeing off the West London rubbish train, which transports 47 shipping containers' worth of refuse to landfill in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire
 

David Turner, from Rayners Lane, said: “Knowing what happens to a recycled bottle, I will never look at a milk bottle in the same light again.

“I urge everyone to get on board the waste train campaign and take the Rubbish Diet and learn to have fun recycling more.”

Sarah Kersey, West London co-ordinator for the Rubbish Diet , said: “One million plastic bottles leave on the West London waste train every week.

“They go to landfill when they could be being recycled instead.

“Many people say that they find recycling confusing so we wanted to help local residents in Harrow and across West London understand the process.”

The Rubbish Dieters say 67 per cent of the train’s contents could have been recycled but were put in the wrong bin.

n See www.therubbishdiet.org.uk for more information on the Waste Train Challenge.