The latest figures, published by Letsrecycle.com show Wealden District Council is ranked 62 out of 350 English local authorities, the highest performance of all the waste collection authorities in Sussex.
The league table shows the percentage of household waste sent for reuse, recycling or composting in the financial year 2016/17.
Councillor Roy Galley, Cabinet member for Waste Management said:
Our verified recycling rate of 51.9% for all household waste puts us among the highest performers in the country. This is thanks to the dedication of local residents who save and sort their recycling. The national average recycling rate for 2016/17 was 44.9%.
Wealden was in 85 place in 2015/16 with a recycling rate of 49.1%.
A wide range of materials are collected at the kerbside, including cardboard, paper, shredded paper, food and drink cans, aluminium foil, aerosols, beverage cartons, plastic bottles, pots, tubs, blister packs and plastic film.
Wealden District Council are currently looking for a new contractor to take over from Kier from June 2019. The current waste contract was ended four years early because of the falling price of recyclable materials. It is likely a charge will then be introduced for the collection of garden waste.
Councillor Galley added:
At the beginning of 2016, we encouraged residents through social media to recycle waste from their bathroom, bedrooms and living rooms, as well as their kitchen. It looks like this initiative has paid off,
Unfortunately drivers and passengers travelling through our District are not so conscientious, and thoughtless people continue to throw rubbish out of their vehicles in Wealden and in other rural areas. We are looking forward to taking part in the Government’s national anti-littering campaign which will come into force this April with the aim of reducing this ugly blight on our major roads.
Brighter Crowborough, a group of volunteers that help keep our local environment free of litter, will be taking part Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean at the beginning of March.
Littering & Flytipping
If you notice a problem with litter, flytipping or overflowing bins you can report it via their website: www.wealden.gov.uk. (Please note some litter bins are emptied by Crowborough Town Council – these are marked with the Council’s logo.)
Letsrecycle.com used data collected via the web based system WasteDataFlow to compile the league table. WasteDataFlow was set up in 2004 to replace the various and often repetitive waste questionnaires which were issued to local authorities. It is used by waste collection (like Wealden) and disposal authorities (East Sussex) to report data to the government.