West Sussex Waste Partnership wins national recycling award

More than three tonnes of extra recycling is being collected every fortnight from communal housing in West Sussex, as a result of an award-winning trial project.

The West Sussex Waste Partnership - which is made up of West Sussex County Council and six District and Borough Councils - has been recognised for delivering the 'Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative' at a prestigious awards ceremony on 18 May.

West Sussex Waste Partnership beat national competition to the title for successfully developing the recycling rates of flats and communal properties at the 2017 Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management. 

Led by WSCC and running in partnership with district and borough councils from February 2016 until March this year, the project reached 1,136 households, as part of a project to identify trial areas to target, improve and overcome key situational and behavioural barriers.

Over 600 residents were spoken to by the Partnership door stepping team about how and why to recycle and over 1,200 reusable bags for recycling were handed out to residents. Improvements to bin stores were made including new signage and bins.

Thanks to residents' efforts, over 94% of their waste is now being recycled correctly. The reduction in landfill costs is estimated to save £14,000 every year.
Over a year that's enough energy saved to run 144 TV's for 6 ½ hours a day. The project will now act as the benchmark for local authorities going forward.

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Deborah Urquhart, said: "It is a fantastic achievement and great testament to our team in Waste Management who led the project, and our district and borough partners, for carrying out this project to a high standard worthy of national recognition. The project and Partnership working methodology has provided  measurable results that can now be rolled out and expanded upon across West Sussex'

"This award signifies the important work that has been done to not only improve, but create a lasting recycling legacy in properties of multiple occupancy that are notoriously difficult to improve.

Held at London's Landmark Hotel, West Sussex Waste were among 12 award recipients presented on the night by organisers, www.letsrecycle.com.

There was also another county award win for mobile phone and printer recycling business, BCMY, based in Wick.

To find out more about recycling in West Sussex, visit  Recycle for West Sussex