Issue 17 January 2020

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Food waste collection trial proposed for Mid Sussex

Mid Sussex could become the first District in the county to introduce weekly food waste collections to its rubbish and recycling service.

The average household bin in Mid Sussex contains 41% food waste, so a kerbside food waste collection service would enable residents to recycle more waste and help protect the environment.

Our Scrutiny Committee has recommended to Cabinet that we undertake a trial of food waste collections, in partnership with West Sussex County Council, to see how they would work in our area.

The proposed trial service comprises of a ‘1-2-3’ collection system:

  1. Introducing weekly collections of food waste and absorbent hygiene products e.g. nappies and incontinence waste, so everything that smells is collected weekly.
  2. Retaining existing fortnightly recycling collections and the garden waste subscription service.
  3. The black bin should have much less waste in it when food waste is taken out so it will be collected every three weeks.

If approved, the trial will involve approximately 3,000 households and we will contact those selected to take part with much more information over the next few months.

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West Sussex County Council is reminding residents that they need to take ID with them when they visit a West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS).

The new system is designed to save West Sussex taxpayers £250,000 per year by ensuring the sites are only used by those who pay for them.

Householders will need to prove they live within West Sussex by showing a form of ID such as a drivers licence or council tax bill.

The scheme has been introduced due to the high number of people travelling across county boundaries to recycle and dispose of their waste. This has a significant impact on waste disposal costs which ultimately fall to the West Sussex taxpayer.

Surveys have shown that an average of one in ten people using HWRSs closest to the county borders live outside of West Sussex.

At East Grinstead, this can increase to as many as one in five people. Residents in certain areas of Surrey will be able to continue using the East Grinstead Household Waste Recycling Site, following an agreement between Surrey and West Sussex County Councils. All other sites in West Sussex are restricted to West Sussex residents only.

Further details about the changes can be found when visiting HWRSs and at www.recycleforwestsussex.org/