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Changes to recycling

There will be changes to recycling when Biffa takes over collecting household waste from Kier at the end of the month.

Tetrapaks will no longer be accepted in your recycling bin. The authorities have said this is due to recent changes in the kinds of materials now accepted by cardboard producers. Tetrapaks, such as juice or long-life milk cartons, will need to be placed into waste bins, so they can be sent to the incinerator in Newhaven.

From 29th June glass can be commingled with other recyclables in Wealden.

In another change from 29th June, residents will no longer need to separate recyclable glass bottles and jars. Instead they can place them in the recycling bin along with other recyclable materials, including paper, cardboard and cans.

For most residents, waste collection arrangements – including bin collection dates and garden waste collections for those who subscribe to it – will not change when Biffa starts the contract.

As with other district and borough councils in England and Wales, Wealden as the Waste Collection Authority, is responsible for the collection of household waste, often referred to as kerbside collections. The WCA passes on the waste and recyclables to East Sussex County Council, the Waste Disposal Authority, and it is that local authority which is ultimately tasked with the treatment and disposal of waste.

Cllr Roy Galley chairs the East Sussex Joint Waste and Recycling Committee, overseeing the work of the Joint Waste Partnership, which includes Hastings Borough Council, Rother District Council, Wealden District Council and East Sussex County Council. He said:

In Biffa we are joining forces with a specialist waste company with a proven track record. We’re confident they will deliver an excellent, value-for-money service for our residents.

We’d urge people to start thinking ahead now. Bear in mind that if your next recycling collection date falls after 29th June, you should start putting recyclable glass bottles and jars in your recycling bin, and put Tetrapaks in the refuse bin with your non-recycled waste.

As with any change, it’s possible there may be some disruption. We’d ask residents to check their local district or borough council website for updates of any changes to services and to continue to report any missed collections before 5pm on the next working day.

From 29th June, all district and borough councils in East Sussex – Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Rother and Wealden – will collect the same mix of dry recycling which will be processed through a county-wide recycling contract with Viridor. Recycling will be taken to their Materials Recycling Facility at Crayford for processing.

Cllr Nick Bennett, East Sussex County Council deputy leader, said:

Advances in technology mean we’re now able to sort glass for recycling without the need to place it in separate containers, which hopefully will make things simpler for residents.

We’d encourage residents to check on their local district or borough council website what kinds of materials can be recycled. Please continue to rinse out any items before putting them loose in your recycling bin or pink sack, to avoid contamination of waste.

After the changeover, residents will no longer need their glass recycling box and can either keep it for other uses in the home, garage or garden or take it to their local Household Waste Recycling Site. They should not put these boxes in their recycling or refuse bin.

From 29th June 29, Biffa will also be responsible for street cleaning services in Wealden.

More information about recycling please see the Council’s website www.wealden.gov.uk.

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