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More than half of waste in general waste bins in Adur and Worthing can be recycled

Released: Monday, 20 May 2019

More than half 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.

Just 42 per cent of the waste produced by residents should be going in the grey-lidded general waste bin. The biggest culprit is food waste which makes up nearly 30 per cent of general tonnage, followed by plastics, paper and glass waste which makes up nearly 20 per cent of general waste and should be recycled. Garden waste, textiles and electrical waste are also found in the general waste bin when they should be recycled.

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

The general waste sample taken in November 2017 by West Sussex County Council (WSCC) from a random set of local bins comes as Adur & Worthing Councils prepare to introduce a new alternate weekly bin collection service. From September most residents will see their general refuse collected one week and their recyling 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:

“These figures show quite clearly that we can improve on our recycling, and over the next few months we will be working with residents to show them what they can do.”

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

“Not only is it good for the environment to recycle more and send less to landfill, but when we move to alternate weekly bin collections, it will also help residents reduce the amount which goes in their general waste bin.”

The collection of household waste one week and recycling waste the next will help Adur and Worthing meet 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 seven per cent. 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.

 

The new bin collection service is coming

Adur and Worthing are gearing up to move to alternate weekly bin collections in September.

In a bid to boost recycling, most residents will see their general waste (grey lid) collected one week and their recycling (blue lid) the next.

Over 75 per cent of councils around the country have moved to alternate weekly collection, and evidence shows that this can increase recycling by up to seven per cent.

Adur & Worthing Councils expect to see recycling rates increase by between 5-7% per year, helping them move towards the national target of recycling 50% of waste by 2020. Currently only 36 per cent of waste collected in Adur district and Worthing borough is recycled - below the average across West Sussex.

For logistical reasons some flats and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in Adur and Worthing will continue to have a weekly collection for both bin collection services, and the subscription-based garden waste collection will also continue to be weekly.

In advance of the service change, everyone will be provided with a recycling information guide and a bin-day calendar. A series of events is also planned over the summer to encourage more recycling by residents.

The campaign to reduce waste and recycle more is part of the Councils' SustainableAW programme which is committed to protecting and improving the environment in Adur and Worthing. This includes action plans on transport, energy, waste, water, carbon use and biodiversity. It is also in line with a surge in community interest and involvement in environmental issues.

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

“We think people understand the need to do more to protect the environment. We also need to save costs in these strict budgetary times. The evidence is clear that we can do both by moving to alternate weekly collections.”

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

“Alternate weekly collections are a chance for us all to improve our recycling and reduce the amount of waste we put in our general refuse bins. We appreciate that some people may feel anxious about the move, but the evidence is there that it can lead to benefits for us all.”

For more information:

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

(PR19-081)

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