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Posted on 14 November 2013

West Sussex County Council will be launching a recruitment drive for volunteer Waste Prevention Advisors this week as part of European Week for Waste Reduction.

Later in the week West Sussex County Council and Adur and Worthing Borough Councils will be hosting a visit from two Flemish Waste Authorities as part of the European funded SWAP NOW Project.

The County Council is using the project to develop and share its Waste Prevention Advisor Scheme knowledge with its SWAP NOW partners.

It wants to recruit new advisors to act as advocates to encourage people across the county to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste clean, dry and loose. Work that advisors have done so far has included attending various local events and giving presentations and talks to schools and community groups.

It wants to hear from people who are enthusiastic and have an interest in the environment and waste prevention who would be prepared to help out at community events, give talks and help with presentations to local groups and schools

The County Council will also be using the visit to rollout a new e-learning training package for prospective new recruits which has been designed by the University of Brighton. This offers new recruits to study in their own time and has been designed to be as flexible as possible for volunteers whilst retaining elements of face to face learning and site visits.

The County Council will also unveil a new EU funded mobile education trailer to deliver waste prevention workshops and advice across the county.

Lionel Barnard, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “This is a wonderful scheme that will help us to encourage people to think differently about their waste.

“We want people to produce less waste through improved knowledge about reducing, reusing and recycling waste and to encourage them to understand the importance of putting the right items in the right bins, clean dry and loose.

“This will help us to maximise the potential of waste as a resource and minimise waste sent to landfill.”

Register your interest by January 10, 2014 at www.westsussex.gov.uk/wastevolunteers call (01243) 642106, or email wastes.management@westsussex.gov.uk