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Information campaign in lead-up to changes in bin collection service

Released: Monday, 10 June 2019

In the lead up to changes in the bin collection service on 16th September 2019, Adur & Worthing Councils have begun a widespread information campaign targeted at every household in the area.

The Councils' Waste team will start delivering the first of three information leaflets door-to-door this week (10th June), with all households reached by the end of the month.

The leaflet will remind residents about the upcoming alternate weekly bin service, and tell them where they can find out more details. Two further leaflets will be delivered in July and August, with the second including a personalised calendar of new bin collection dates.

The new dates from September are also already on the Councils' website along with further information and FAQs which can be found on our bin day look-up page.

A series of road shows are planned for the summer to encourage people to reduce waste and recycle more. More than 50% of the waste produced by residents in Adur and Worthing and placed in their general waste bins can be recycled or reduced, according to an official audit.

Food waste makes up nearly 30% of general waste in weight, followed by plastics, paper and glass waste which makes up nearly 20% and should be recycled. Garden waste, textiles and electrical waste are also found in the general waste bin when they should be recycled.

Currently only 36% of waste collected in Adur District and Worthing Borough is recycled - below the average for West Sussex.

From September most residents will see their general refuse collected one week and their recycling the next week.

For logistical reasons, some flats and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) will continue to see a weekly collection, and the subscription-based garden waste refuse collection will continue to be weekly.

Councillor Emma Evans, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Environment, said:

”The changes to the bin collection service are part of our efforts to encourage residents to recycle more. The evidence is that moving to an alternate weekly collection service will help us reach our recycling target. Sending less to landfill is a win-win situation for everyone.”

Councillor Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Environment, said:

“We want to spend the next few months helping residents realise how much more they can recycle. There are so many more options these days for disposing of our waste in a way which is more sustainable.”

The collection of household waste one week and recycling waste the next will help Adur and Worthing move towards the national target to recycle 50% by 2020. Over 75% of councils in the UK have now moved to alternate weekly collections and many have seen a reduction in waste and an increase in recycling by up to 7%.

Reducing waste and recycling more is also part of the Councils' SustainableAW programme which aims to protect and improve the environment in Adur and Worthing in six key areas: transport, energy, waste, water, carbon use and biodiversity. It is also in line with a surge in community interest and involvement in environmental issues.

See also:

PR19-092 - Waste Truck in Shoreham


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