This is still high on our agenda, and thanks to your help, the recycling rate in the first quarter of this year is currently over 42%. However, it is really important that we all continue to play our part in reducing the amount of household waste that ends up in landfill.

So, how can you help? We estimate that around 57% of what is placed in the black household waste bin could actually be reduced, reused or recycled. Even the most diligent among us fill our black bins with 20% of recyclable material such as glass, plastic bottles, yogurt pots, and paper that should be put in the burgundy recycling bin. In West Sussex alone, this amounts to 32,000 tonnes!

Please watch our short information videos to find how you can slim your bin.

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. If you are interested in signing up, please find out more.

Following last year's success, we are taking part in Recycle Week again, which is running from 25-29 September.  We will be out and about encouraging people to increase their recycling and reducing their waste, as well as answering any questions you may have. We will be at:

  • Tesco Extra, Chichester on Monday 25 and Wednesday 27 September.
  • Waitrose, Chichester on Tuesday 26 and Friday 29 September.
  • Budgens and The Grange in Midhurst on Thursday 28 September.
  • Co-op, Selsey on Friday 29 September.

Please pop down and say hello.  More information can be found on our dedicated Recycle Week page.

Our colleagues from West Sussex Waste will also be attending the Chichester Wednesday market on 27 September in the centre of Chichester.

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 for further help or you can access further information at Recycle For West Sussex .

Best wishes

Cllr Roger Barrow

Cabinet Member for Contract Services at Chichester District Council

September 2017