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Could Crawley refuse collection change to fortnightly?

After two areas not far away decide to change weekly collections to fortnightly due to low recycling figures, could Crawley be next?

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Not too far away in Adur and Worthing change is afoot.

The council have just agreed to change the household waste collection service from weekly to fortnightly.

This change wont start till Sept next year but it is quite a dramatic move for residents.

An EU target was set for the UK to recycle at least 50% of household waste by 2020.  Currently in Adur and Worthing the rates are in the mid 30’s so an increase is required.

This is thought to be one of the main reasons why they voted for this change.

So what has this got to do with Crawley?

Well last year the published figures for recycling in Crawley were only 27.4%.  Almost 10% lower than Worthing.

But before everyone suddenly starts thinking that people in this area don’t recycle it is important to understand why the figures here come out lower.

It is all to do with the fact that Crawley is a predominantly urban area.  Why does this matter?  Because the way the figures are compiled they have to add both the dry mixed recycling and the garden waste figures together to get a final percentage.

In urban areas where the gardens are smaller and/or where there are a lot of flats, this means the garden waste percentage is going to be much smaller, dragging down the overall recycling figure.

In the case of Crawley the 27.4% is made up of 22.7% dry mixed recycling and only 4.7% composting.

So could a fortnightly refuse collection become a reality here?

Nothing can ever be ruled out but initial reactions from the majority of Labour and Conservative councillors in the town point towards looking at other options rather than making such a dramatic decision.

Conservative Leader Duncan Crow said:

“This would not be on the agenda for Crawley and not something I would advocate.  Crawley has so many flats where it is difficult to store refuse for longer periods of time.  I don’t see the need to change our current situation.”

Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb took a different approach and on twitter commented:

“In Crawley, Crawley Labour believes that this is a decision which should be left to residents. No introduction of weekly collections without it being put to the voters at election time.”

The truth is that only time will tell and as Crawley continues to grow then so will the demand for refuse collection.

One thing worth noting and explained directly by the council, is that while Crawley’s overall recycling figure is low, in terms of waste hierarchy (reduce, reuse, recycle) then Crawley residents actually perform very well, producing one of the lowest amounts of waste per person in the country.  The town is 11th lowest at 291.2kg per person.

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Snuggle up in style as Crawley Ice Rink launches new offers for parents and students

If you haven’t yet had a chance to get down to the Bigger and Better Crawley Ice Rink then now’s the time to do so with some fantastic new offers.

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The ice rink, located in Goffs Park, is already attracting a lot of attention and rightly so.

With it’s huge rink and cosy café it is perfect for all the family.

The new large rink can accommodate more skaters than ever before.

And now they have some fantastic offers for parents.

During off peak days it is half price for parent and toddlers (provided they can fit into a size 8 boot of course).

What’s more, there are penguin and panda aids that can be rented to help the little ones around the rink.

NOT ONLY THAT

But now students can get at the rink for only £4.75 at either the 12:30pm or the 1:45pm session (term time only) – but do remember to bring your student/college id with you.

And while the younger ones are out enjoying the ice, you can snuggle up in the café and choose one of their very scrumptious delights.

You can find out more information at their website by clicking here.

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