July 2021 news
View our news items from July 2021.
Fly Tipping - if it’s your waste, it’s your responsibility
West Sussex County Council, the District and Borough Councils in West Sussex, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers Union, the Police and Crime Commissioner, and West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are working together to tackle fly tipping across the county.
Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste on land or in water. It can cause problems to local councils, landowners, the public, and the environment.
The Let’s SCRAP Fly Tipping initiative aims to reduce fly tipping and advise residents how they can avoid inadvertently contributing to the problem by following the SCRAP code.
This encourages residents to:
- Suspect all waste carriers - don't let them take your rubbish until they provide proof of registration and note their vehicle's registration plate.
- Check that a waste carrier is registered on the Environment Agency's website.
- Refuse any unexpected offers to have your rubbish taken away.
- Ask how your rubbish will be disposed of - seek evidence of this.
- Paperwork must be obtained - a proper invoice, waste transfer note or receipt, including a description of the waste being removed and the waste carrier’s contact details.
The team here at West Sussex Recycles has been working to reduce their consumption of single use plastics over the past year, and even more so now that it is Plastic-free July again!
We've been showing some of the changes that we have been making over on our social media channels, including switching from tea bags - many of which still contain microplastics - to loose leaf tea in a pot, making our own dips for BBQs, and cutting down on buying beauty products by making our own!
Food rescue in West Sussex
Food waste makes up a staggering 40 per cent of the average household general waste bin in West Sussex.
The West Sussex Waste Prevention Team are working with the food partnerships across the county. We aim to encourage our residents to share their surplus food, to help those in food poverty and prevent some of this wastage. Services available are listed on our website. You can also use food rescue apps such as Olio and Too Good To Go, which are both available to use in West Sussex.
Volunteers' Week 2021
If you follow our social media accounts then you will have seen how last month we celebrated our creative and conscientious volunteers during Volunteers’ Week.
One of our volunteers, Alcira, joined as a Waste Prevention Assistant in 2007. Since then she has attended countless events and educated West Sussex residents from all backgrounds on recycling, minimising food waste, recycling of electrical items and composting.
If you would like one of our knowledgeable volunteers to speak to your school or group about waste prevention and recycling email Waste.Prevention@westsussex.gov.uk.
Book To Recycle scheme - updated
The trial Book To Recycle scheme can now be used to book a total of five visits per calendar month. This change has been made following resident feedback on the limitation of one visit per week at the start of the trial.
When you use these five trips, and at which of the centres (you must book for Bognor Regis, Crawley, Horsham, Littlehampton, Shoreham-by-Sea and Worthing) is up to you. Booking your trips to the Household Waste Recycling Sites prevents congestion on busy local roads and reduces your own queuing time.
For more information see Book To Recycle trial booking system.