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20% more recycling hoped to come through innovative trial

Posted on 3 November 2016

An innovative new scheme is being trialled across the county to help encourage more recycling in flats and shared houses. A trial of free recycling bags with helpful imagery and see-through recycling bins has been rolled out to improve the county’s recycling.

West Sussex County Council is working in partnership with Adur and Worthing, Arun, Chichester, Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex District Councils on the scheme, which runs until 26 November.

Teams from across the partnership will be handing out recycling packs in specific areas to make recycling easier for residents living in flats and shared houses.

Recycling can be hard when space is limited or you’re new to the area. The packs include a free recycling bag to collect your recycling in, information on local recycling schemes and advice on recycling.

The bags are printed with images of what can and can’t be recycled, are waterproof and wipeable for reuse and have sturdy handles for residents to carry recycling down to communal bin stores.

 They can be used in the kitchen to help residents collect recyclable items such as:

- Glass jars and bottles
- Plastic pots, tubs and trays
- Paper and card
- Foil and aerosols

David Barling, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “This is an innovative scheme to make it easier for residents living in flats to recycle in West Sussex. “20% of waste in kerbside collections could be recycled, which would help towards our target of 50% of all waste recycled by 2020. “Recycling more will not only save money, which would’ve been spent on costly landfill tax, but will most importantly help to protect our environment.”

West Sussex saved more than £5.8 million in landfill tax during 2015/16 due to increased recycling.

 Recycling should be kept:

- Clean – free from food and drink leftovers
- Dry – empty of liquids
- Loose – not put in plastic bags

David added: “This scheme includes see-through recycling bins and updated recycling information for flats, which should help to improve how much waste is recycled. “If this trial is successful we will look at rolling the scheme out wider and further increase the recycling rate in West Sussex.” For more information on recycling in West Sussex visit, like our Facebook page ‘West Sussex Waste’, follow us on Twitter @westsussexwaste and look for us on Pinterest @westsussexwaste.