Redesign of Mid Sussex waste collection services underway

Mid Sussex’s waste collection services are set to be redesigned by the district council and Serco.
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West Sussex County Council has agreed in principle to contribute £290,000 towards the work, which will aim to boost recycling and sending less waste to landfill.

The project is at an early stage but as well as helping people recycle more waste its aims are to expand the current services and increase customer satisfaction.

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A number of measures are currently being considered, including the introduction of weekly food waste collections across Mid Sussex in 2021.

Wheelie bins in Mid Sussex. Pic Steve Robards SR1705373 SUS-170321-155152001Wheelie bins in Mid Sussex. Pic Steve Robards SR1705373 SUS-170321-155152001
Wheelie bins in Mid Sussex. Pic Steve Robards SR1705373 SUS-170321-155152001

John Belsey, Mid Sussex District Councils cabinet member for environment and service delivery, said: “We cannot continue to produce the amount of waste we are currently without creating significant, long-term damage to our environment. Mid Sussex residents do a fantastic job of recycling but we need to make changes if we are going to help and encourage to them recycle as much as possible.

“It was extremely unfortunate that our proposed trial of kerbside food waste collections had to be cancelled when the coronavirus pandemic first hit us earlier this year but we remain committed to providing our residents with this enhanced service. We will be working on the best way to do this as part of our service redesign.”

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council cabinet member for environment, added: “This is a really exciting opportunity for us and Mid Sussex District Council to work together to shape the way waste and recycling services are delivered. Making it easier for residents to recycle is just one of the aims of this project and we look forward to working with our colleagues in Mid Sussex to take this forward.”

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According to the district council the pandemic has had a significant impact on the way people are using waste services in Mid Sussex

With social distancing measures likely to remain in place for some time, MSDC says there is a need to develop new ways of collecting waste that meets increasing demand for services in the short term as well as the urgent need to recycle more in the future.