Release date: 10 September 2018
This month, residents in a number of flats and shared houses in Chichester will get a visit from the West Sussex Waste Partnership’s team of doorsteppers.
The team will be delivering information packs (which include a free reusable bag to collect your recycling in) and answering any questions that residents in the district may have about recycling and waste prevention.
The initiative has already been run throughout parts of Crawley and Arun and is now focusing on Chichester for the next month.
This approach was piloted in 2016 to tackle historic difficulties in increasing and improving recycling rates and quality from flats and communal properties and was shown to deliver measurable, positive results, improving residents recycling rates by up to 94%.
Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Following on from the award winning houses of multiple occupancy recycling project in 2016, we’ve seen a big improvement in recycling quality and rates by the flats and shared houses that were involved.
“With such an improvement it makes perfect sense for us to roll this out to more flats and shared households across the county, so that more people can boost their recycling.
“The reusable recycling bags and updated recycling information will help to improve how much waste is recycled by individuals and will ultimately help the whole county reach the 50 per cent target of all household waste being recycled by 2020.”
Other areas which will also benefit from the scheme are Mid Sussex, Adur and Worthing.
Roger Barrow, Chichester District Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents Services, said: “We are pleased to see this scheme coming to Chichester District. We know from our own work locally that people have really appreciated being able to get face-to-face advice on what they can recycle and I am confident that this scheme will have a positive result in the district.
“Our most recent recycling figures show that over the past two years our recycling rate in the district has increased from 39% to 45% which is encouraging.
“If you live in a communal flat or house of multiple occupation, then I would really urge you to keep an eye out for the partnerships team of doorsteppers over the next month and pick up some useful recycling tips.”
So, if you see the teams out and about, feel free to go and have a chat with them about how you can improve your recycling efforts and reduce your waste.
To find out more information about what can and can’t go in your kerbside recycling bin, visit the Recycle for West Sussex website.