Small electrical collections prove a big hit
Our small electrical kerbside collection service is proving really popular, which is great news. Since the service launched on 23 November our crews have collected over 11 tonnes of unwanted small electricals and 2.5 tonnes of batteries, an astonishing amount.
Space is very limited on our collection vehicles, so please place your small electrical items out for collection "little and often". Help us to ensure everyone can benefit from this new service by only placing one bagged electrical item out with your rubbish ("black lidded") bin collection for recycling.
As demand is still exceedingly high at the moment, due to the after-effects of Christmas and with more people staying at home, our storage cages are filling up extremely quickly. If you find that your collection has been missed, please bear with us and store your items until your next scheduled rubbish (“black lidded”) bin collection or wait a few weeks for demand to even out.
When lockdown restrictions ease, and if you think your electrical item has re-use value, there are also a number of other re-use and recycling options available within our District such as repair cafes, local Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) and take back schemes. To find out what options are available near you, just visit www.recycleyourelectricals.org.uk and enter your postcode into the recycling locator.
Broken electrical items are not something that households encounter each week, however, most people have at least one drawer or cupboard where old chargers, cables, phones and broken devices may end up. With the current lockdown many of us have been taking the opportunity to have a spring clean but please resist temptation and don’t put all these items out for collection at once.
To find out more about the service including what items we are able to collect please visit our website www.midsussex.gov.uk/electricals
Ten tips to manage your rubbish and recycling during Lockdown
With everyone at home during lockdown and changes to our lifestyles, such as increased online shopping and deliveries, food waste and packaging, you may find that your bin is feeling the strain and filling up fast. Please be mindful of the extra demand this can place on both our collection crews and the potential impact on your neighbours, particularly if you share communal rubbish and recycling facilities.
Here’s a few top tips from our waste and recycling team to combat bulging bins and managing waste….
#1 – Flatpack cardboard boxes and break them down before placing in the recycling bin
#2 - Squash down tin cans, plastic bottles and containers (remember to remove the lid first!)
#3 – Take the air out of any black sacks or bags placed in your rubbish bin before tying securely
#4 – Are you recycling all you can? Visit www.midsussex.gov.uk/recycling and free up space in your rubbish bin
#5 – If bring banks are full, don’t leave items such as clothes and books as they can’t be recycled
#6 – Resist stocking up on perishable food items and cook up any leftovers. Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for recipe ideas.
#7 - Some electrical items can be repaired, store them somewhere safe until local repair cafés re-open
#8 – Having a spring clean? Keep hold of old clothes, shoes and bric-a-brac until charity shops re-open. Please don’t bin them!
#9 – Freeze food that is reaching its use by date. Visit the A-Z of food storage at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com to find out more
#10 – Don’t leave rubbish or recycling on top of bins as they can’t be emptied
Building Control service remains open for business
As with the two previous lockdowns, our Building Control service remains ‘open for business’ to support the building industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Building Regulations applications can be submitted online, Make a Building Control Application - Mid Sussex District Council, and we continue to offer site inspections where this can be done safely and in line with the guidance issued by Public Heath England (PHE) which includes:
- No one on-site shielding
- No one on-site showing coronavirus symptoms
- Social distancing measures are followed
You can find full guidance, prepared by the Construction Leadership Council at Site-Operating-Procedures-Version-7.pdf
If you have any questions or queries you can contact us by email at buildingcontrol@midsussex,gov.uk or by phone on 01444 477570.