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Recycling made easy in public places thanks to new bins

People are now able to recycle easily while out and about thanks to new bins installed by Lewes District Council. 

The ‘Recycling on the Go’ scheme was launched yesterday (Mon, Oct 22) allowing people to recycle items in local street bins for the first time, and thereby helping to further reduce the amount of waste being incinerated.

A total of 10 new bins, each clearly showing the materials that can be recycled, have been introduced in five areas across the district.

Councillor Paul Franklin, Cabinet member for Waste and Recycling, said: “Recycling on the Go is about making recycling simple and convenient for people when they are out and about.

“We have already made recycling easier in the home and we are extending this to public places so that we can achieve even higher recycling rates in Lewes district.” 

The initiative is the result of a proposal by Councillor Sarah Osborne who said: “I’m delighted my beneficial initiative has begun. It allows people to easily dispose of many items in an environmentally-friendly way and further extends our district’s green credentials.” 

‘Recycling on the Go’ bins are located at: 

  • Seaford Railway Station
  • Seaford High Street
  • Newhaven town centre
  • West Quay, Newhaven
  • South Coast Road shops in Peacehaven
  • Near The Dell, Peacehaven
  • Lewes precinct           
  • Outside Waitrose in Lewes           
  • Lewes Railway Station          
  • Ringmer shops

Latest figures show that 1,039 tonnes of extra waste was recycled between November 2017 – when the new household recycling service started – and July 2018.

With the addition of garden waste collected during the same period, the total recycling figure hits a colossal 7,230 tonnes.

The council has also recently appointed a new waste and recycling engagement officer to increase participation across local communities.

The role includes working with schools, supporting litter picking groups and coordinating events to promote the importance of reducing waste in people’s daily lives.

Cllr Franklin added: “This position has been specially created to ensure we are doing absolutely everything that we can to recycle whenever possible and cut down on incinerated waste.”

Published 23 October 2018