Changes planned for recycling in Eastbourne

Refuse bins in a Hampden Park street waiting to be emptied . July 1st 2013 E27069P

Refuse bins in a Hampden Park street waiting to be emptied . July 1st 2013 E27069P

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Eastbourne is gearing up for a new waste and recycling service but residents should carry on as usual until July 22.

Households will have received and are currently receiving their new bins and information packs.

A team of recycling advisors has also been visiting homes across Eastbourne to explain the changes.

From July 22, residents will use their blacks bins as usual for waste but their big green bin, currently used for garden waste, will become their recycling bin for tins, paper, Tetra-pak cartons and cardboard. The new brown bin, currently being delivered to homes, will be used for garden waste and the existing small green recycling box will be used for glass bottles and jars .

All this information, including a calendar of collection dates, is being sent out to people.

However, residents who have not yet received an information pack should contact the council to request one.

Residents without a new brown bin by July 20 should also contact the council.

These changes to the waste and recycling services are part of a joint scheme across Eastbourne, Wealden, Hastings and Rother.

The councils have joined forces in a bid to save around £30 million across all four local authorities over the next ten years.

The new joint waste contact was awarded to Kier and the firm’s environmentally friendly vehicles are already out on the streets.

Cllr Gill Mattock, chair of the Joint Waste Committee, said, she was pleased to see ‘everything falling in to place’ but added, “We understand that residents will have questions about the new service and ask them to read the information pack and check the collection calendars carefully.”

To report a missing bin or information pack call 01323 410000 or by email at customerfirst@eastbourne.gov.uk

Visit www.eastbourne.gov.uk/newbins for information about the service.