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Change to bin collection service helps residents reduce waste

Released: Thursday, 23 January 2020

Local residents have produced on average 14 per cent less general waste since Adur & Worthing Councils moved to alternate weekly bin collections four months ago. The total waste saved is the equivalent of 1,380 tonnes or 275 full bin lorries.

This impressive reduction also means that the percentage of recycling waste has increased by just over three per cent. It's expected that by the end of 2020 recycling will have increased by five per cent to 41 per cent.

Adur & Worthing Councils continue to encourage residents to reduce, reuse and recycle so that they can achieve the national target of recycling 50 per cent of waste.

Leader of Worthing Council, Cllr Daniel Humphreys, recently went out on a round with the refuse collectors and praised both the Councils' Waste Team and residents for their efforts.

“I'd like to say a big thank you to residents for taking on board the need to reduce waste, and also to our Waste teams for all their hard work, not just when they are out and about, but also whilst introducing the new alternate weekly collection service which has been a complex logistical exercise.”

Last year over six million bins containing general waste, garden waste and recycling were emptied in Adur and Worthing.

Cllr Emma Evans, Executive Member for Environmental Services at Adur District Council, said:

“The reduction in waste is really good news. Everyone stands to benefit, both residents and the Councils. It is better for the environment and also means that the Councils are paying less to dispose of waste.”

Cllr Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Digital and Environmental Services, said:

“This is a fantastic start and residents should be congratulated. We are all thinking more about the waste we produce and how it can be cut down.”

Adur & Worthing Councils moved to alternate weekly waste and recycling collections in September 2019. Nearly 80 per cent of councils in the UK have moved to alternate weekly collections and figures suggest it can lead to a reduction in waste and, importantly, also an increase in recycling.

The most common items which some residents are not recycling, but could, in Adur and Worthing include: plastic bottles, tubs and trays (including black plastic), cardboard, paper and glass bottles and jars. More information on what can be recycled can be found on the Councils' website.

Contamination of recycling bins is also occurring. This is when the wrong item or a dirty item is put in the recycling bin and the whole bin has to be disposed of as general waste.

See also: 

Photo: One of the Councils' refuse collectors loading bins onto the bin lorry for emptying

PR19-172 + PR20-009 - Waste collection

Photo: Cllr Daniel Humphreys out on a bin collection round

PR20-009 - Cllr Daniel Humphreys out on a bin collection round

Photo: Cllr Daniel Humphreys (centre), with two of the Councils' refuse collectors

PR20-009 - Cllr Daniel Humphreys (centre), with two of the councils refuse collectors

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