While we have made good progress in recent years, we still have some way to go, including reducing the amount of household waste that ends up in landfill.

So, how can you help? We estimate that around 15-20% of clack bin waste is recyclable, and that even the most diligent among us fill our black bins with 10% that could be recycled. In West Sussex alone, this amounts to £8 million worth of recyclable material going to landfill. Our aim is to work with you to look at how we can improve our recycling rates. This includes providing you with information and reminders that will hopefully simplify the process, because we know that it can sometimes be confusing. As part of this, we are looking for people who would be willing to provide us with regular feedback, to make sure that we are providing you with the information and support that you need. If you are interested in getting involved in our residents' recycling group, please get in touch and send your details to publicrelations@chichester.gov.uk

Over the coming months we will be organising roadshows, events and competitions, so please look out for more details. We have also produced a special recycling pull out within our next issue of our magazine 'initiatives', which should be delivered to your door during the week commencing 18 April. As part of our campaign, we will also be working very closely with the main supermarkets across the district, many of whom have very kindly agreed to support our campaign.

Garden waste is another great way in which we can increase our recycling rate - and is a great way of keeping your garden free of unwanted grass and hedge cuttings. Our garden recycling service is growing in popularity. We do make a small charge for this - less than £1 a week - and those who already use the service find it very useful.

So please, become a recycling superhero and help us. It only takes a little effort and you will be making an important contribution to saving our planet. You can contact me or one of our recycling team by emailing wasteandrecycling@chichester.gov.uk for further advice or you can access further information at Recycle for West Sussex

Best wishes

Cllr Roger Barrow

Cabinet Member for the Environment

April 2016