Release date: 21 September 2020
People in West Sussex are recycling more than ever before.
New figures released by West Sussex Council County to mark national Recycle Week (21-27 September) show that 53 per cent of items we throw away are now recycled.
Government targets mean councils must now be recycling at least half of their household waste.
The County Council is encouraging residents to continue this good work as it works towards future recycling targets of 55 per cent by 2025 and 65 per cent by 2035.
“This is great news and shows that West Sussex residents really care about what happens to the many items that can be recycled,” said Deborah Urquhart, Cabinet Member for Environment at West Sussex County Council.
“I want to thank each and every person for helping us to reach this milestone and ask them to continue to support us as we move towards even better recycling rates in the future.”
To help boost recycling rates even further residents are being reminded that their household recycling should be:
• CLEAN - free from food and drink leftovers - a quick rinse will usually do.
• DRY - keep your recycling bin lid shut – soggy paper and cardboard can’t be recycled, cause other items to stick to them i.e. broken glass, and can clog up machinery when sorted.
• LOOSE – not tied up in plastic bags.
Details of what items can and can’t be recycled can be found on our website.
The increased recycling rate, which still needs to be audited and confirmed by DEFRA, has been helped by a reduction in the amount of household rubbish thrown away.
Deborah added: “On average West Sussex households have managed to reduce their general waste by 30kg compared to last year. This is great news as wasting less, especially food, saves money and is good for the environment.”
For news, advice and tips on recycling follow West Sussex recycles on social media @WSrecycles.