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New data shows Crawley in bottom 10 of South East for recycling

With targets of 50% to be hit by 2020 the town is still quite far off.

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Analysis of data showing recycling rates across the South East have revealed Crawley is in the bottom 10 with a rate of only 28.4% across 2017/18.

There are 3 councils in the South East that are in the top 10 in England for recycling, though the majority don’t fare as well.

But some councils in the South East are setting a prime example for the UK. The region has the highest number of top performing councils in England.

South Oxfordshire has the highest recycling rate in the South East and ranks 3rd in England with 63%. Next highest in the South East is Surrey Heath with 61.4%, ranking 5th in England. Followed by Vale of White Horse with 60.4%, ranking 8th in England.

The recycling rate map, produced by waste experts InSinkErator, aims to raise awareness of the need to encourage recycling if the local authorities are to hit the UK target of 50% by 2020.

To view the map click here.

 27 out of the 66 councils in the South East are exceeding the current UK target of 50% for recycling rates, but some of those are just scraping through, and 39 councils in the South East not hitting target.

 Gosport is the worst performing in the South East for recycling with a rate of 23% – just 9 places away from the worst in England. Next lowest performing is Slough (23.9%) followed by Portsmouth (24.8%). There is clearly so much more that needs to be done to encourage consistently high recycling rates across the South East, especially in these key areas.

 One issue which needs to see vast improvement is food waste which is at crisis levels in the UK. Although food waste being sent to composting is increasing year-on-year, 20% of all food that is produced is still being thrown away. Despite this, food waste remains a small proportion of waste collected in the UK at just 2%.

 Collected garden waste accounts for 17% of the total, 26% is dry recycling such as card and plastic, and finally 55% is residual waste from regular black bin bags which is not recycled.

 The complete rankings for South East recycling rates can be found here: https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/q6Ysb/3/

 The UK government has highlighted five strategic principles to ensure the target is made:

 1 To provide recycling incentives

 2 To prevent waste from occurring in the first place, and manage it better if it does

 3 To ensure the ‘polluter pays’ principle by putting the onus on the manufacturers

 4 For the UK to lead by example, both domestically and internationally

 5 To not allow ambition to be undermined by criminality

A Crawley Council spokesperson said:

“Crawley has one of the lowest figures nationally for producing the least amount of waste per person. This indicates that our residents are more conscious about the amount of waste they produce in the first place. If we can minimise the amount of waste produced, then that is much better for the environment and is in line with the waste hierarchy of reducing, reusing and recycling and importantly in that order. We also encourage all of our residents to recycle their waste as this too is also good for the environment and resource use.

“For recycling, when you include garden waste we’re the lowest in West Sussex because Crawley is a more urban area with smaller gardens and less garden waste. However, for dry recycling we’re about the same as the average for the rest of the county.”

Chris Vella-Bone, the Ecommerce Manager for Europe and Russia at InSinkErator, said:

“The recycling data from DEFRA is a great opportunity to make a real change for the future of our planet. At InSinkErator, we believe that everyone should be aware of the impact that all kinds of waste can have on our environment.

 Food waste in particular is a growing issue. With the increasing amount of unavoidable food waste generated in the home, and the difficulty for many to dispose of it, a food waste disposer is a discrete asset to any home.” 

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Crawley’s buses to be fitted with anti-virus filters

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Anti-virus air filters are being fitted to every bus on the Brighton & Hove and Metrobus fleet, as an added measure to further reduce the risk of Covid transmission.  

The new filters have an anti-virus coating and remove 99.99%* of viruses and bacteria, as air flows into both decks and the driver’s cab. Air is already regularly refreshed on buses with doors opening at stops and windows open and this is an extra safety precaution.  

Engineers have fitted the new air filters on every bus and converted the whole fleet of 400 buses within just one month. These filters will continue to be used as standard within the regular replacement programme.   

Brighton & Hove and Metrobus Managing Director Martin Harris said: “The new filters are a welcome addition to the safety measures we already have lined up on buses to defeat the virus, alongside high cleaning standards, face coverings, social distancing, keeping windows open and paying by contactless.  

“Our engineers have been working round the clock to fit these filters so that our passengers can feel even more confident that they are travelling in a clean and safe bus. A good flow of fresh air is increasingly being recognised as one of the most important protections against Covid alongside ‘Hands, Face and Space’ and these filters are an important step.”   The PEPA-F HVAC filters were developed by Filtration Control and train builder Bombardier and capture particles in the air that might contain pathogens and virus such as Covid-19. 

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