March 2021 news
View our news items from March 2021.
Food Waste Action Week
Last week was Food Waste Action Week, a national campaign run by Love Food Hate Waste to highlight the implications of food waste on our planet.
Many of our residents have joined in the week, sharing ideas on how to reduce food waste and making positive changes to the way they shop and store food.
There are lots of recipe ideas to use up leftovers on the Love Food Hate Waste website and you can find information about a number of food rescue services available in West Sussex on our Food waste page.
Changes to Recycling Centres confirmed
The County Council has responded to current and anticipated demand at its Recycling Centres (RC) by bringing forward summer opening hours and trialling a booking system at six of its busiest sites.
Due to the increased demand in recent weeks, despite calls for residents to store waste where possible and only make essential journeys, West Sussex County Council has decided to bring forward summer opening hours at all of its RCs from Friday 12 March.
Recently, several sites have experienced queuing traffic, long waiting times and disruption to local residents, businesses and the highway network.
Sussex Police have been called to sites due to the number of vehicles joining the queues and have closed sites in order to relieve the problems. It is hoped that by extending the opening hours this will be avoided, but residents are reminded not to turn up to centres before they are due to open, as some centres have seen visitors queuing up to an hour before the opening time.
In addition, the trial of a new booking system has been confirmed for residents visiting centres at:
- Bognor Regis
From Monday 29 March residents planning to visit these centres will need to pre-book their slot in advance, either online or by telephone. The trial is designed to allow residents to safely dispose of their recycling and waste, limit their waiting times at these centres and help reduce traffic disruption. When live, slots can be booked up to 14 days in advance and residents will be able to make one trip in a week (Monday-Sunday).
Residents are asked to use a site local to them and not travel further afield to dispose of their recycling and waste. It is also recommended that residents continue to store waste where possible and to make full use of their regular kerbside collection services.
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, Deborah Urquhart, said: “While we remain under national lockdown conditions, residents have been encouraged to store their recycling or waste if it is safe to do so. However, our centres have become increasingly busy recently and we anticipate that the lifting of lockdown restrictions may exacerbate this. In order to help mitigate against this, and improve our residents experience of visiting our centres, we are bringing forward our summer opening hours and also trialling a new booking system for some of our busiest centres.
“Over the past few weeks we have seen a surge in visits to our centres, which has unfortunately led to some being closed temporarily in order to reduce the impact on local roads. This meant that valuable police time was used up diverting traffic and assisting centre staff. By trialling the new booking system we hope to avoid this.”
Once the booking system is available, residents will be able to book a visit within a timeslot online by visiting the West Sussex website or by calling the Customer Service Centre.
Residents can find more information on summer opening hours.
This Sunday (14 March) is Mothering Sunday and we are posting ideas on our social media channels each day this week on how to create lovely homemade gifts for mum, which will help reduce the amount of waste created, making mum's day special.