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A new bin collection service is coming

Alternate weekly waste collections are set to be introduced across Adur and Worthing from September 2019 in a bid to boost recycling across our communities.

We have included a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) below to answer your most common concerns.

The move sees Adur & Worthing Councils follow in the footsteps of more than 75 per cent of other local authorities in the country who already collect waste bins (with grey lids) one week then recycling bins (with blue lids) the other.

Currently only 36 per cent of waste collected in Adur district and Worthing borough is recycled - below the average across West Sussex.

Evidence elsewhere has shown that alternate collections can increase recycling by up to seven per cent, with levels of residual waste also reducing.

The garden waste (green bin) collection service will remain unchanged.

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Why do we need to go to an alternate weekly collections for waste and recycling services?

Adur & Worthing Councils need to improve their recycling rates from the present 35% rate. This is to meet the European Waste Framework Directive target to recycle 50% by 2020.

76% of local authorities already operate an alternate weekly collection and it has lead to positive changes in the way that households manage their waste.

All authorities report a reduction in the amount of general waste per household and an increase in the amount of recycled waste. By making the change, Adur and Worthing expect to see recycling rates increase by between 5-7% per year.

This push to encourage people to recycle more is also in line with a real surge in community interest and involvement in environmental issues, and it also supports the Councils' new Environment Framework which is working towards protecting the environment and its resources for generations to come.

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When will the new bin collections start?

The proposal is to switch to an alternate weekly collection of waste in September 2019.

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I currently struggle with the general waste bin I have now. How will I manage with two weeks general waste?

At least 50 per cent of the rubbish in our general waste bins could be recycled. The idea is that if we all learn to recycle more, this will quickly reduce the amount of rubbish in our general waste bin.

You can already find lots of information about recycling in Adur and Worthing on our website, and over the next few months we will be producing more - on recycling and also how to reduce your waste in general.

So how much waste in your grey-lidded bin needs to be in there?

West Sussex survey of bins shows 57 per cent of content can be recycled or placed elsewhere:

Bin content percentages - 43% general rubbish and 57% other waste that can be recycled or disposed of in other ways

1% Electrical and electronic equipment: Please don't put Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in your rubbish bin. All household electrical equipment can be broken down and recycled into new things. So anything in your home or garden with a plug or battery can be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Site (tip).

2% Garden waste: Garden waste should not be placed in your rubbish bin, this can be composted at home.

6% Textiles: This can range from decent clothes to old rags, but did you know that all textiles can have another chance to be reused or even made into something new? Old clothes might be old to you but if they are in good condition then they can be taken to a charity shop to be sold, and shoes as well. Your local Household Waste Recycling Site (tip) has a textile bank.

20% Mixed recycling: Please put this in your blue-lidded recycling bin. Items like paper, card, plastic bottles, yogurt pots, food trays and glass in the waste bin which can all be recycled. It is now easier than ever to recycle, and we can recycle more than ever before! It all just has to be placed clean, dry and loose in the blue-lidded recycling bin - see what we can recycle.

28% Food waste: The largest portion of waste is attributable to food waste, This contains a mix of raw, uncooked peelings and prepared food that we've made too much of and have had to throw away. There are two easy ways to tackle this: Get a home composter if you have space or reduce food waste. All of that leftover food has to go somewhere and if it's in your rubbish bin then it ends up in landfill.

43% General rubbish: Only this belongs in your grey-lidded waste bin and cannot be reused or recycled.

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What happens if I have too much recycling waste for my recycling bin?

If you find this happens regularly, you can request an additional bin which we will be happy to provide.

Squashing and crushing your recyclable waste will usually give the bin more capacity.

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I live in the town centre. I have nowhere to store a bin outdoors and keeping waste indoors for two weeks isn't possible. How will this be addressed?

The proposed new service will continue to collect from some properties in town centres on a weekly basis.

However, we will be encouraging residents to better manage their waste by recycling more and producing less waste.

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I live in a flat. The bin cupboard is too small to take any more bins - how will we cope?

We are currently carrying out an audit of flats to access bin capacity, i.e. whether they have the space for more recycling bins.

Some flats may have to stay on weekly collections where there is not enough space for more bins.

Residents will be kept fully informed on decisions made, and we will also be encouraging residents to better manage their waste by recycling more and producing less waste.

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How will I know whether it's a general waste or recycling week?

An online calendar detailing collection days is on the Councils' website. If you enter your postcode you can easily find the collection date for each service.

In the lead up to the change we will also be delivering more information to each household relevant to your address.

See when is my bin day?

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Will my collection be on the same day each week?


See also: How will I know whether it's a general waste or recycling week?

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Will my collection day still change after a Bank holiday?

Yes, it will still change after a Bank Holiday.

At any time, you can go and check your collection day - see when is my bin day?. On request, we can send out a printed calendar.

See also: How will I know whether it's a general waste or recycling week?

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How will I know what I can recycle?

We will be producing a range of information to highlight what you can recycle in the lead up to the change.

In the meantime see our what we can recycle page.

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Is there a health hazard to only collecting household rubbish on alternate weeks?

Wheelie bins are a hygienic way of collecting waste.

To avoid potential problems with flies, ensure the bin lid is always closed, double-wrap waste such as cooked food and nappies and try to avoid storing your bin in direct sunlight.

You may also like to occasionally rinse out your bin with disinfectant.

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Why do we need to recycle?

We need to recycle because it is the right thing to do, because it sends less general waste to landfill and helps conserve our natural resources and protect and improve our natural environment.

Both Councils also need to improve their recycling rates from the present 35% rate to meet the European Waste Framework Directive target to recycle 50% by 2020.

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Why is our recycling rate low?

We accept that our recycling rates have plateaued in recent years and now is the right time to make changes to improving our rates.

Switching to alternate weekly collections is one of the measures we can take to help improve our recycling performance, alongside raising public awareness of how we can all recycle more.

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Will this scheme lead to an increase in fly tipping in the district?

Experience from other authorities already using alternate weekly collections suggests that fly tipping does not increase as a result of the scheme being introduced.

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Are you providing a separate food waste collection service?

Not currently. Adur & Worthing Councils carry out waste collection, and West Sussex County Council is responsible for the disposal of waste. We are working with them to see if it might be possible in the future.

For lots of useful information about minimising food waste, portion planning, and recipes for leftovers please see the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign website.

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I have children in nappies what can I do about the extra waste and smell?

Please put all used nappies in a sealed bag such as a nappy sack before putting them in your rubbish bin.

Using re-usable nappies may also be an option.

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What does this mean for the team who empty my bin weekly? Will they be made redundant?

There will be a need to redesign how we deliver our bin collection service.

Staff and the trade union will be involved throughout this process.

It is anticipated that there will be no compulsory redundancies as a result of this change.

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Why is the council cutting the service?

The Councils aren't cutting the service - there will still be weekly bin collections - but we are changing how the service is delivered.

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I pay my Council Tax, am I not entitled to a weekly collection service?

There is no statutory requirement to collect household rubbish on a weekly basis.

This system of alternate weekly waste collection has now been taken up by 76% of local collecting authorities in England and Wales and has helped to increase recycling for these councils.

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Will I see a reduction in council tax?

There will be no reduction in council tax as a result of this change.

The savings delivered as a result of this proposed switch will be used to allow both Councils to still deliver a range of other services that may otherwise may have been affected.

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You say the alternate weekly collection is about reducing waste and increasing recycling; what else are you doing to help the environment?

The pledge to reduce waste and increase recycling is part of the Councils' wider Environment Framework which was agreed this autumn. The framework sets out an ambitious programme for making Adur and Worthing sustainable places to live in the future, that involves encouraging development whilst being mindful of the way we use our natural resources.

The Councils have already:

  • installed 154 solar panels on the roof of their Portland House offices
  • begun to roll out electric vehicle charging points for public use, and
  • installed super efficient LED lighting on the seafront

They have also:

  • opened up their own free water bottle refill sites, encouraging businesses to do the same, and
  • launched a free energy advice service to help residents save energy and money

Meanwhile, plans for the future include:

  • Transport: improving the cycling and walking infrastructure and encouraging more sustainable travel by council staff.
  • Energy: providing free energy efficiency measures for residents on low incomes helping them to save money on their energy bills; increasing the councils' solar energy use and investigating the benefits of an innovative smart grid for civic buildings.
  • Waste: increasing recycling in the boroughs to 50% by 2020 and pledging to become 'Plastic Free Councils'. This does not mean entirely eliminating plastic; it means phasing out, where possible, all the councils' single-use plastic, ensuring appropriate recycling routes for all plastic and encouraging communities and businesses to do the same.
  • Water: Bringing Worthing's Bathing Water Quality to 'excellent' by 2020 and helping residents save money on their water bills whilst reducing their water consumption.
  • Carbon reduction: Producing a carbon reduction plan and making the ambitious pledge to move away from fossil fuels to 100% clean energy by 2050.
  • Biodiversity: Improving biodiversity in Brooklands Park, protecting and increasing biodiversity in Highdown Gardens, and improving biodiversity in all Adur and Worthing parks.

The plan is to fund the projects using existing resources and identifying further external funding sources including attracting partners. The idea is that the Environment Framework, which is part of Platform 3, Stewarding our Natural Resources, in Platforms for Our Places will bring the community, civic society and business together in a new level of cohesion and purpose for the benefit of everyone.

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What will happen to the green waste collection service?

The subscription only household garden waste collection service will continue to be a weekly service.

Remember to make sure that all items you put out for collection are contained within your dedicated green lid wheelie bin, and that the bin is not blocking paths or other public areas.

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PR18-202 - Adur and Worthing Councils have committed to a new environmental framework

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