New waste sites are needed for area

The drive to recycle more rubbish in East Sussex has led to a call for waste sites which could be used for recycling and recovery facilities.

Residents, landowners, public bodies and those representing the waste industry are being asked to suggest additional sites in East Sussex that could be used to sort, recycle and recover waste produced in the area.

A ‘green’ plan for dealing with all waste was adopted by East Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council and South Downs National Park Authority in February.

The ultimate aim is to divert nearly all of the area’s waste from landfill by 2015/16 by reusing and recycling waste material into new products and recovering energy from materials that cannot be recycled.

“While residents have achieved high levels of recycling, some of the waste produced by businesses in the plan area still ends up in landfill,” said Councillor Carl Maynard, the lead member for the environment.

“With the Pebsham landfill site, the only operating site in East Sussex, closing this summer and no plans for others to be opened, it is more important than ever to ensure we have enough facilities to enable as much waste to be recycled or recovered as possible.”

Sites that will be considered include general industrial land, land used for employment, previously developed land and land already used for waste management. A shortlist of suitable sites will go out for public consultation next spring (2014)

The types of activities that will take place on selected sites include management of waste as well as the storage of waste, shredding, sorting and composting.