Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Don’t Rubbish Our Recycling: Time to get involved!

Catherine Beader MEP for South-East England has launched  ‘Don’t Rubbish Our Recycling’ campaign. Its aims are to encourage recycling, debunk myths about what happens to junk in your area and expose glitches in the recycling system.

Catherine said “It is all about lifting the lid on household waste. Put simply: I think we should all know what happens after we put the rubbish out on the kerbside. Do you how much ends up in landfill, incinerated or recycled? If it is recycled, where does it end up?
Fewer of us now have an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mentality when it to comes to getting rid of rubbish. We want to know when we recycle, it is actually a worthwhile exercise. I have asked every council in the South East to tell me how it deals with waste and to explain its audit trail for recycled junk. This is a great example of how the EU is impacting on your local community. I have been heavily involved at the European Parliament in the fight to prevent tonnes of electrical waste from the UK and across the EU being dumped illegally in developing countries.”

If you would like to find out more about recycling in your area then email Catherin at  info@bearder.eu

Please include which local council collects your bins or runs your recycling centre.

Top tips launched for a summertime of easy recycling

It’s a bumper summer for parties, picnics and barbecues, but don’t forget your materials for recycling need to be ‘clean, dry and loose’.

All glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, cans, paper and card go to the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Ford where they are sorted and then sent on to manufacturers who turn them into something new.

But all your efforts to recycle could literally go to waste, if your recyclables are wet, dirty or tied up in plastic bags.

Now West Sussex County Council, in conjunction with the district council collection authorities and Viridor – the County Council’s recycling and waste handling contractor  – is launching a series of top tips to help residents ensure great recycling.

This new joint campaign, which runs from the end of this month through to August, covers the Queen’s Jubilee, the UEFA European football finals and the Olympics.

Among the tips:

·          Place a container next to the barbecue for people to pop in their empty drinks cans and bottles.
·          Make sure drinks cans and wine bottles are totally empty and put them loose in the recycling bin.
·          Use washable plates and cutlery rather than plastic knives, forks and paper plates.
·          Paper plates, which have leftovers on them, can’t be recycled, nor can plastic knives and forks.
·          If you are using packets of burgers or sausages remember the outer card can be recycled, but the plastic inners can’t.
·          Ensure everything is ‘clean, dry and loose’.

West Sussex County Council’s Deputy Leader Lionel Barnard, who is the Cabinet Member responsible for waste, said: “We have the prospects for a wonderful summer of picnics and barbecues this year, but we would like to ensure that we recycle properly.

“I would like to thank residents for recycling over 44% of their rubbish this year in West Sussex.

“To ensure that we keep this up and to continue to recycle even more, we all need to take a little extra care when we recycle after a party or a barbecue. It is important to put all your items in for  recycling clean, dry and loose.”

For more information call 01243 642106 or click on www.recycleforwestsussex.org.

There are lots of things happening over the summer. From the beginning of June watch out for recycling advice in your local newspapers offering useful things you can do both before and after a summer barbecue or party.

If you are organising a street party then make sure you go to www.recycleforwestsussex.org for some useful ‘hints and tips’ about recycling.