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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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Give Crawley back its police, demands towns council leader

Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb has called for the Prime Minister to return funding to Crawley’s police after he says new figures show cuts to police budgets are much higher than the new funding recently announced.

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In a press statement Cllr Lamb says that Sussex Police have lost 32.3% of their funding from central government, leaving local policing in a weakened state.

Speaking about the state of policing in Crawley, Cllr Lamb said:

“Following the loss of frontline officers, crime and antisocial behaviour are now the top issues residents raise with me on the doorstep. They are tired of seeing it in our town centre and across Crawley’s neighbourhoods. Only the police have the power to end the decline and only the Government has the funding to give us the officers we need.

“We deserve more from our Prime Minister than empty promises, it’s time he learnt to keep his word and gave Crawley back its police.”

Crawley Labour adds that this news comes on the back of recent revelations that despite 98% of police officers lost from the service in recent years having been cut from the frontline, around 7,000 police recruits will never see frontline duty.

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