More than three tonnes of extra recycling is being collected every fortnight from communal housing in West Sussex, as a result of an award-winning trial project.
Led by West Sussex County Council, the West Sussex Waste Partnership has been recognised for delivering the ‘Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative’ at a prestigious awards ceremony on Thursday 18 May.
The Partnership beat national competition to the title for successfully developing the recycling rates of flats and communal properties at the 2017 Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management.
Run in operation with six district and borough councils, the project reached 1,136 households from February 2016 until March this year.
The trial was designed to target and improve both practical obstacles and residents’ attitudes towards recycling.
Over 600 residents were handed more than 1,200 reusable recycling bags and advised about how to recycle and the associated benefits by the door stepping team. New bins and signage were also put in place at the occupants’ bin stores.
Thanks to residents’ efforts, over 94% of their waste is now being recycled correctly.
The reduction in landfill costs is estimated to save £14,000 every year.
Over a year that’s enough energy saved to run 144 TV’s for six and a half hours a day.
The project will now serve as the benchmark for local authorities going forward.
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Deborah Urquhart, said: “It is a fantastic achievement and great testament to the Waste Management team for overseeing the project and our district and borough partners for carrying it out to a high standard worthy of national recognition.
“This award signifies the important work that has been done to not only better, but create a lasting recycling legacy in multiple occupancy properties which are notoriously difficult to improve.”
Held at London’s Landmark Hotel, the West Sussex Waste Partnership was among 12 award recipients presented on the night by organisers, letsrecycle.com.
There was also another county award win for mobile phone and printer recycling business, BCMY, based in Wick.
To find out more about recycling in West Sussex, visit http://www.recycleforwestsussex.org/