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Community News & Views | People living in flats and shared houses encouraged to recycle more

RESIDENTS living in flats and shared houses around Bognor Regis are being encouraged to recycle more.

 

Monday saw the start of an initiative which makes it easier to avoid throwing away waste which can be given a new use.

 

The residents will be among the 8,000 in West Sussex who will receive new communal recycling bins and information packs.

 

It is hoped this will help overcome the barriers which can make recycling hard when space is limited or a person is new to an area. This often means recycling rates for flats and shared houses can be a lot lower than for other properties.

 

Information packs, which include a free reusable bag to collect recycling, will be delivered to relevant properties.

 

Cllr Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “Following on from the award-winning houses of multiple occupancy recycling project in 2016, we’ve seen a big improvement in recycling quality and rates by flats and shared houses that were involved.

 

“With such an improvement, it makes perfect sense for us to roll this out to more flats and shared households across the county, so that more people can boost their recycling.

 

“The see-through recycling bins and updated recycling information will help to improve how much waste is recycled by individuals and will ultimately help us to reach our target of 50 per cent of all household waste being recycled by 2020.”

 

The approach was piloted in 2016 to tackle historic difficulties in increasing and improving recycling rates and the quality of the items recycled from flats and communal properties. This was shown to improve residents’ recycling rates by 94 per cent.

 

The initiative started in Crawley and has moved to Arun District Council for six weeks. Other areas which will also benefit from the scheme will be Chichester, Mid-Sussex, Adur and Worthing.

 

Arun District Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhood services, Cllr Paul Wotherspoon, said: “The council is delighted to see this partnership initiative rolled out to a greater number of flats and houses of multiple occupancy in the district.

 

“After the success of the pilot scheme, we are confident that the communal bins and information packs will lead to an increase in recycling rates and an improvement in the quality of materials collected.

 

During the six weeks, teams will visit certain flats across the district and answer residents’ questions about recycling.

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