West Sussex residents should feel proud that recycling rates are rising across the county thanks to their fantastic efforts.
The recycling rate has risen from 41.6% in 2014/15 to 42.3% in 2015/16. This is a 2,400 increase in tonnage which equals to a saving of over £200,000 in landfill tax.
This year’s recycling rate is also higher than neighbouring counties - Hampshire at 39.1% and East Sussex at 41.6%.
David Barling, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Residents Services, said: “I want to take this opportunity to express my thanks and congratulations to residents. Recycling as much as we can is very important. Let’s hope we can all recycle even more of our waste next year. It is just as important to reduce the amount of rubbish going into our black bins. These simple actions make such a big difference to our environment. This achievement also demonstrates the value of working closely with our district and borough partners who have introduced a number of imaginative and successful recycling campaigns over the course of the year.”
Initiatives have included rewarding residents who recycled correctly with a ‘gold star’ bin sticker across some parts of Adur and Worthing and trialling the use of recycling bags in poor performing areas.
In West Sussex you can recycle a whole range of items in your recycling bin. These include cartons, foil, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and containers, paper and card, metal cans and aerosols.
Residents are asked to make sure all recycling is clean, dry and not in plastic bags.
For all the information you need on recycling, visit: www.recycleforwestsussex.org