Seaford tip could be closed in cost cutting exercise

A recycling centre in Seaford is earmarked for closure by East Sussex County Council in a bid to save money.

The council has launched a public consultation into its plans which will run until December 11.

Lead member for transport and environment cllr Carl Maynard said: “With £63m of savings to find over three years, we are being forced to make some tough decisions.

“We want members of the public to tell us what they think about the draft strategy.”

With better kerbside recycling available, the county council says it has identified further savings by closing three household waste sites.

Closure is proposed for sites in Forest Row, Wadhurst and Seaford – all within a ten to 20 minute drive of another facility.

New targets in dealing with waste in East Sussex could see more than 95 per cent of household waste diverted from landfill and 60 per cent of waste composted or recycled.

The new targets have been published in the week that will see the very last tonne of waste sent to the Pebsham landfill site near Hastings.

The draft East Sussex joint waste strategy looks at how household waste will be dealt with between 2014 and 2025.

Cllr Maynard added: “In 2006, we were reusing and recycling 27 per cent of our waste and converting very little to energy.

“In 2012/13 we recycled almost 40 per cent of our waste and recovered energy from a further 42 per cent.

“The work of the county, district and borough councils and the efforts of residents has transformed how we deal with waste.

“As a result we have exceeded targets set in 2006 for dealing with waste produced in the county.”

The new targets include limiting household waste generated to 995kg per household, per year, recycling and composting 50 per cent of household waste by 2020 (rising to 60 per cent by 2025), recovering energy from at least 95 per cent of rubbish that is not reused, recycled or composted and diverting at least 95 per cent of waste from landfill.

East Sussex County Council is also looking into the possibility of setting up a “pay as you throw” system for business waste using the waste transfer sites in Eastbourne, Maresfield and Pebsham in Hastings.

Cllr Maynard said: “Every tonne of waste diverted from landfill, or better still not produced, saves the taxpayer money.”

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