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86 tonnes of food waste recycled in Littlehampton trial

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Arun District Council, in partnership with West Sussex County Council, has used a report to their Environment Committee to commend the efforts of residents using the trial collection service.

As the first district in West Sussex to trial weekly food waste and Absorbent Hygiene Products (AHP) collections - part of an enhanced recycling and rubbish service – Arun District Council is excited to see the initial results, which show that the efforts of residents in the trial area have delivered considerable reduction of both food waste and AHP in the general waste bins.

Launched in May 2021, approximately 1,350 households in Littlehampton are included within the trial area, which is designed to assess the feasibility of rolling out a similar service across the rest of the district. The Environment Committee met on 20 January and voted to continue to trial for the foreseeable future given the current results, and in order to carry on the successful work of residents in the selected area.

Arun District Council Chair of the Environment Services Committee, David Edwards said: “We would like to extend our thanks to all residents participating in the trial. With your support we have managed to recycle over 86 tonnes of food waste in the first six months of the trial and have also seen an increase in the amount of items recycled at the kerbside. This is a brilliant result for the trial and really goes to show that residents are on board with the trial scheme. We are therefore pleased that the trial will be able to continue, as the results so far have demonstrated that residents have really embraced this initiative and we hope that this will continue over the coming months.”

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, Deborah Urquhart said: “The trial is a huge step towards achieving not only the government mandate of separate food waste collections by 2023, but also the climate change goals set by both West Sussex and Arun District Councils. We thank all residents taking part for embracing the new service so readily, and for helping us to explore the future of recycling in West Sussex.”

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