Issue 26 February 2023


Food waste collection trial recycles 120,000 kilos in first three months

Deputy Leader Councillor John Belsey visited Burgess Hill recently to see our 1-2-3 waste collection trial in action.

The trial includes the kerbside collection of food waste and residents in the trial areas have so far helped us to recycle a fantastic 120,000 kilograms of food waste in just the first three months.

By recycling our food waste separately we can ensure it is being put to good use. Once collected, it’s taken to a specialist facility and placed in an anaerobic digester, which uses the gas that is produced when the food breaks down to generate energy and the left-over material is used in agriculture. Just one lorry load of food waste can generate enough renewable energy to power 20,000 televisions for an hour.


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Government funding of up to £1.8million has been awarded to the West Sussex Chargepoint Network, which is providing electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints for residents in areas which have no off-street parking.

The award will part-fund up to 450 on-street chargepoints and 100 in public car parks. The remaining installation costs will be covered by EV chargepoint company Connected Kerb, one of the UK’s leading providers of EV charging infrastructure solutions.

The new wave of installations will provide a significant boost to the growing West Sussex Chargepoint Network, which is supported by West Sussex County Council and all the districts and borough councils in the county.

This extra funding award by the Department for Transport is excellent news and will further boost what is already the UK’s largest rollout of electric vehicle chargepoints by a local authority. 

Proposed locations from the initial phase of the on-street chargepoint rollout can be viewed on the Connected Kerb website.

The project is fully funded by Connected Kerb, meaning zero cost to the councils.