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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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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park

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Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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