Wealden’s residents recycle more than 45% of their rubbish

Wealden District Council would like to thank its residents for achieving a recycling rate of 46.7% in 2014/15.  But the Council has said we all could do better…

Love-RecyclingA Joint Waste Partnership study shows that 23% of waste thrown into householders’ rubbish bins in Wealden could be recycled.

Many people are still not aware of the wide range of plastics that can be recycled.  These include carrier bags, plastic film, pots, tubs, trays and plastic bottles.  They accounted for 9% of waste found in the household rubbish bins surveyed.  A further 6% was paper and card, and garden waste accounted for 4%.

Councillor Roy Galley, Cabinet member for Waste Management said:

Reducing waste by recycling helps to save resources and energy. It also protects the environment for future generations.  And it helps save taxpayers’ money by reducing the cost of disposal.

The Joint Waste Partnership survey confirmed Wealden District Council’s position as the highest performing recycling authority in East Sussex.

Residents are used to recycling items such as plastic milk containers and food cans from the kitchen but there are many other items around the home which can be put in the recyclingbin.

The Council has made the following suggestions about other items which can be recyled and the benefits of recycling.

Wealden Recycling

What more can be recycled?

Take the bathroom: cardboard toilet roll tubes, toothpaste boxes and aerosol cans, as well as plastic shampoo bottles, liquid soap bottles and bathroom cleaner bottles can all be put in the recycling bin.  Remember to remove the trigger tops and pump dispensers.

Or the bedroom: such as old magazines, deodorant aerosols and tissue boxes.

Or the living room:  newspapers, envelopes and cardboard packaging can also be recycled.

Wealden residents who don’t have a brown garden waste bin can still sign up for the Council’s free garden waste collection service.  Please phone them on 01323 443322.

The household rubbish survey was carried out in May 2015 by Resources Futures on behalf of the Joint Waste Partnership which undertakes the waste and recycling collection for the councils in Wealden, Eastbourne, Hastings and Rother.

The benefits of recycling can’t be emphasised enough:

Previous generations did not have the opportunity to recycle what we can today to help save natural resources and the environment. We have. Shouldn’t we make an effort now, for our children?

Did you know that it takes only seven days for a recycled newspaper to be re-used as newspaper again?  So you could be reading your favourite newspaper on recycled paper the week after it’s been collected.

To increase the quantities of good quality recycling, residents are asked to ensure the recycling is clean, dry and loose. Items that still contain left-over food and drink cannot be recycled and could ruin the quality of other items they have put in their bin.  We would hate to see this effort go to waste.

Find out more about recycling in Wealden, including all that can be collected in your household collection at www.wealden.gov.uk.

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