New food recycling scheme for Seaford

Recycling / Refuse bins put out ready for collection in Watermead, Aylesbury
Recycling / Refuse bins put out ready for collection in Watermead, Aylesbury

Residents in Seaford will benefit from a new food waste collection service starting in June 2013.

Lewes District Council has partnered up with Brighton & Hove City Council to deliver this new service and continue to provide refuse and recycling collections.

The agreement, brokered by Lewes District Council, is designed to ensure that the council has the capacity to deliver its existing refuse and recycling collections as it gears up to introduce its £2m food waste recycling scheme, which aims to double recycling rates – said a Lewes District Council spokesperson.

Leader of Lewes District Council, Cllr James Page, said, “We wanted to partner up with Brighton & Hove City Council to ensure we had the capacity to deliver the new food waste recycling scheme as well as continue to run our existing waste collection operations. We want residents to benefit from the new service while continuing to receive the highly valued regular weekly refuse collections. By sharing resources we are making the best use of public money, which is a common sense and pragmatic solution.

“This is an exciting new partnership for both councils. It will enable us to share good practice in running value-for-money local services,” added Cllr Page.

Brighton and Hove City Council will also share expertise in terms of management resources in an effort to share good practice and learn from one another.

Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, Cllr Jason Kitcat, said, “I’m really delighted that we’re partnering up with Lewes District Council.

“As a council we’re also focused on delivering better services to the public and we feel that genuine savings can be delivered through closer partnerships with neighbouring authorities.

“This is a good example of local councils collaborating rather than outsourcing and sharing both resources and knowledge that can deliver better services to our residents.”

The partnership is expected to begin in March this year and run for one year.

Brighton & Hove City Council and Lewes District Council also announced this week that they are working together on a “City Deal” bid to Government to help unlock new powers and investment in the region.