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Residents are already reducing waste in lead up to bin service changes

Released: Monday, 09 September 2019

Recycling rates appear to be on the rise across Adur and Worthing as residents reduce their waste ahead of alternate weekly bin collections being introduced next week.

Figures show that 550 tonnes less waste has been produced by households since April this year compared with the same period in 2018 - the equivalent of 84 full bin lorries.

It was expected that recycling would increase after alternate weekly bin collections start next Wednesday (18th September 2019). But residents seem to have already taken on board messages around waste reduction and recycling included in a widespread publicity campaign.

Over 78% of councils in the UK have now moved to alternate weekly collections with many seeing a reduction in waste and an increase in recycling.

Early signs are this will be repeated in Adur and Worthing - with the area's recycling rate now at 38%, up 2% on this time last year. Subscriptions to the Councils' paid-for Garden Waste Collection service have also increased by over 3% and are continuing to grow.

While it is a good start, councillors hope it is the start of a positive trend as Adur and Worthing move towards meeting the national 50% recycling figure.

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

“This is a very encouraging sign. It means that residents are taking on board the need to increase recycling and cut back on general waste which not only costs more to dispose of, but has a greater environmental impact.”

Cllr Edward Crouch, Executive Member for Digital & Environmental Services at Worthing Borough Council, said:

“Residents are ahead of us! It's a good start, and hopefully just the beginning. More and more people are beginning to understand how important it is to cut back on our individual footprint through waste reduction and recycling.”

Adur & Worthing Councils are working towards meeting the national target to recycle 50% of waste by 2020. The most common items which are missed in recycling include: plastic bottles, tubs and trays (including black plastic), cardboard, paper and glass bottles and jars.

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.

Alternate weekly bin collections mean most residents will see their general waste collected one week and their recycling the next. The subscriptions-based green waste service will continue to be weekly. Some residents living in flats or houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) will continue to receive weekly collections.

The Councils' Waste Services team have spent months preparing for the bin collection changes. Most residents have received three leaflets over the summer including a personalised bin collection calendar, and there has been a campaign to increase recycling, including regular social media posts encouraging recycling and waste reduction.

Recycling information stalls at local markets and events have been run by the Councils' Waste Team, and volunteer door-steppers provided by West Sussex County Council have visited properties staying on weekly collections to encourage greater recycling and waste reduction.

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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.

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Photo: Recycling rates across Adur and Worthing are already rising ahead of changes to bin collections being introduced

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