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Residents urged to increase recycling in flats and shared housing

Posted on 25 May 2018

This year will see nearly 8,000 residents of West Sussex living in flats and shared houses receiving new communal recycling bins and information packs in order to encourage more recycling.

Recycling can be hard when space is limited or you’re new to the area, and often the recycling rates for flats and shared houses can be a lot lower than other properties.

From now until March next year West Sussex County Council will be working in partnership with several district and borough councils to help make recycling easier and clearer for people living in these properties.

The information packs (which include a free reusable bag to collect your recycling in) will be delivered to residents by the partnerships team of doorsteppers and have been shown to improve recycling rates, with over 94% of resident’s waste being recycled correctly.  

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Following on from the award winning houses of multiple occupancy recycling project in 2016, we’ve seen a big improvement in recycling quality and rates to the flats and shared houses that were involved.

“With such an improvement it makes perfect sense for us to roll this out to more flats and shared households across the county, so that more people can boost their recycling.

“The see-through recycling bins and updated recycling information will help to improve how much waste is recycled by individuals and will ultimately help us to reach our target of 50 per cent of all waste being recycled by 2020.”

The initiative starts in Crawley on 28 May for five weeks. It will then move to Arun and Chichester before returning to Crawley later in the year. Other areas which will also benefit from the scheme are Mid Sussex, Adur and Worthing.

Geraint Thomas, Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability at Crawley Borough Council, said: “Recycling is easy but we know that fewer items are recycled in homes of multiple occupancy. We’re supporting this initiative to try and change this because increased recycling is important for the environment and cheaper for taxpayers.”

During the five weeks, teams will be visiting certain flats and shared houses around Crawley to hand out the packs, give more information on recycling and answer any questions that residents may have about recycling and waste prevention.

So, if you see the teams out and about, feel free to go and have a chat with them about how you can improve your recycling efforts.