New waste and recycling collection calendars to hit doormats
Leaflets showing bin collection days for 2016 will be hitting doormats across Rother over the next few days.
Each household will receive a personalised calendar telling them when to leave waste and recycling out for collection, including the changes to collection days over Christmas and the New Year period.
And in a bid to start 2016 with a boost in recycling rates, the East Sussex Waste Partnership - which includes Rother District Council - has launched a campaign to encourage residents to recycle a greater range of household items.
"Residents across Rother are doing a fantastic job of recycling," said Cllr Tony Ganly, the district council's cabinet member for waste and recycling. "But we want to drive up recycling rates by highlighting the range of household items that can be diverted from general waste. Analysis of waste collected from the kerbside in May this year showed that nearly a quarter of the items in rubbish bins around Rother could have been recycled.
"We all know that the amount of rubbish we generate over the festive period increases, so there is no better time to rethink your recycling routine."
Many households regularly recycle items such as plastic milk bottles and glass bottles, newspapers and cans, but there are items in almost every room of the house that can be recycled. These include;
• In the bathroom - toilet roll tubes and toothpaste boxes, and plastic shampoo and shower gel bottles and lids can be recycled.
• In the bedroom - tissue boxes and deodorant cans can be recycled
• In the living room - newspaper, envelopes and cardboard packaging from online orders, as well as air freshener aerosol cans can be recycled
• In the kitchen - breakfast cereal and dishwasher tablet boxes can be recycled along with washing up liquid bottles, plastic bleach bottles and surface cleaner bottles, plastic pots, tubs and trays.
Cllr Ganly added: "We want to encourage people to look at their recycling habits and consider every item they throw into their rubbish bin. Every little bit of additional recycling will help make Rother a greener district."
Rother District Council is part of the East Sussex Waste Partnership, with Wealden District Council, Hastings Borough Council and Eastbourne Borough Council.
Recycling leaflets were funded by a £30,000 grant from WRAP - a charity that works with local authorities to drive up recycling rates.
Linda Crichton Head of Resource Management at WRAP said "WRAP is supporting the East Sussex Waste Partnership as part of our 'Increasing communications through local authorities' fund' which we announced earlier this year. We're pleased to be working with East Sussex Waste Partnership to raise awareness of the recycling campaign and to help residents understand more about recycling and their local kerbside collection."
Residents can find out waste, recycling and green bin colleciton days online http://www.rother.gov.uk/whenismybinday
Published on Monday, December 7, 2015