Issue 25 September 2022


Food waste collection trial gets underway

Food Waste BinA new recycling and refuse collection trial, that includes the separate collection of food waste, got underway in selected areas of Mid Sussex earlier this month.

From 12 September, Mid Sussex residents in parts of Ashurst Wood, Burgess Hill and Lindfield are being provided with weekly kerbside collections of food waste as part a trial being delivered in partnership by Mid Sussex District Council and West Sussex County Council.

Residents living in the trial area have been provided with a free lockable food waste recycling bin and a handy kitchen caddy. Those who live in flats and have communal bins have been provided with new food waste bins in their existing bin stores.

Each household that is taking part in the trial has been allocated a handy guide to the new collection system, so everyone knows how it will work and what they need to do. Residents can also join a dedicated Facebook group to ask questions about the new collections and share any tips they have on food waste recycling.

The aim of the trial is to work with residents to boost recycling and reduce the amount of waste produced. Residents within the trial area will be provided with an enhanced recycling and waste collection service that features a ‘1-2-3’ collection system:

1) Weekly food waste collections

2) Fortnightly recycling collections

3) Three weekly general refuse collections

Residents in the trial areas are also able to opt-in to a free weekly collection of Absorbent Hygiene Products (AHP) if they need to dispose of nappies, incontinence waste or sanitary products.

The ‘1-2-3’ collection system is being trialled by around 3,000 households that include a mix of housing types and locations to ensure the trial is representative of the whole of Mid Sussex. The trial will enable Mid Sussex District Council and West Sussex County Council to assess the feasibility of rolling out a similar service across the whole of Mid Sussex.

To find out more about the trial, including useful tips on reducing food waste and making food go further, visit


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The school will be fully inclusive and include a Special Support Centre to support children with special educational needs and disabilities attending the new school.

The University of Brighton Academies Trust has been appointed to run the new all-through school. West Sussex County Council is creating the secondary school element and the primary school element, which will be designed and built later, is being created by Homes England.

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To view the Planning Application, please visit the MSDC Planning Portal using the reference DM/18/5114.