We all know we have to enhance our recycling service however we want your assist to make optimistic change.
Recycling charges within the metropolis have sat at round 30% for the final couple of years and we are able to all be doing extra to extend recycling in Brighton & Hove.
On common, 8% of kerbside waste and virtually 20% of communal waste ought to have been recycled.
Assist us improve recycling and cut back contamination!
Cut back and reuse
We are able to all do our bit to have a optimistic impact on the setting.
By recycling extra, you’re serving to to scale back waste, shield pure sources, save power, and cut back air and water air pollution, however the largest influence is made by lowering consumption and reusing gadgets to stop them from going to waste.
Proof reveals that Brighton & Hove residents are producing much less waste with the quantity of waste collected per family decrease over the previous 2 years, however we must always all be doing extra.
To search out out extra about lowering and reusing, go to our climate action webpages.
Getting recycling proper
One of many best methods to extend recycling within the metropolis is to be sure to’re recycling every part you possibly can.
We accumulate paper and cardboard, cans, tins and aerosols, and all plastic bottles, together with shampoo bottles.
We additionally accumulate glass bottles and jars individually and may now settle for metallic lids as a part of the glass collections. Please wash the glass bottle or jar and substitute the lid.
These are all supplies we all know will truly be recycled.
To search out out extra about recycle, go to our recycling webpages.
A serious difficulty we face is ‘contaminated’ recycling, which occurs when non-recyclable waste is combined with recyclable supplies.
Popping an merchandise that isn’t recyclable in your recycling bin and hoping it’ll be recycled is called ‘wishcycling’ and contaminates recyclable waste.
We are able to’t presently course of mushy plastics, comparable to service baggage, bread packaging and pots, tubs and trays, however we’re engaged on plans to increase the vary of things we accumulate. For now, we ask residents to place this stuff of their basic waste.
Our recycling is distributed to the Supplies Restoration Facility in Hollingdean the place it’s handpicked and separated by paper and cardboard, aluminium and plastic.
Whereas we do our greatest to take away gadgets that aren’t recyclable, it isn’t all the time attainable and the fact is that flawed gadgets can spoil the bunch, and make entire lorry hundreds un-recyclable.
For info on what to do with different supplies, visit our A-Z guide to recycling.
Wanting forward for service enchancment
Metropolis Setting, South Downs and The Sea Committee councillors lately visited the Supplies Restoration Facility, in addition to the Vitality Restoration Facility (ERF) in Newhaven and the composting facility in Whitesmith.
Councillor Tim Rowkins, Chair of the Metropolis Setting, South Downs and The Sea Committee, mentioned: “We lately did a tour of websites throughout East Sussex the place our basic waste, recycling and backyard waste is processed.
“It was implausible to see the place and the way our waste is managed in Brighton & Hove. It actually helped to tell plans to enhance the service in the long run, and the way we would improve recycling charges within the metropolis and cut back contamination.
“We solely need to accumulate what we all know we are able to truly recycle, and we’re actually eager to remind residents what they will and may’t recycle of their kerbside and communal recycling bins.
“Non-recycable waste thrown into recycling generally contaminates recycling, which should then be despatched to the ERF in Newhaven. We need to ship as little waste as attainable to the ERF and we are able to do that by lowering, reusing and recycling appropriately.”