Seaford recycling facts

Seaford Household Waste Recycling Site, Cradle Hill Industrial Estate. November 4th 2013 E45082P
Seaford Household Waste Recycling Site, Cradle Hill Industrial Estate. November 4th 2013 E45082P

Seaford’s recycling centre is earmarked for closure by East Sussex County Council in a bid to save money.

The council has launched a public consultation into its plans which will run until December 11.

Lead member for transport and environment Councillor Carl Maynard said, “With £63m of savings to find over three years, we are being forced to make some tough decisions.

“We want members of the public to tell us what they think about the draft strategy.”

With better kerbside recycling available, the county council says it has identified further savings by closing three household waste sites.

Closure is proposed for sites in Forest Row, Wadhurst and Seaford – all within a 10 to 20 minute drive of another facility.

New targets in dealing with waste in East Sussex could see more than 95 per cent of household waste diverted from landfill and 60 per cent of waste composted or recycled.

The new targets have been published in the week that will see the very last tonne of waste sent to the Pebsham landfill site near Hastings.

The draft East Sussex joint waste strategy looks at how household waste will be dealt with between 2014 and 2025.

Cllr Maynard added, “In 2006, we were reusing and recycling 27 per cent of our waste and converting very little to energy.

“In 2012/13 we recycled almost 40 per cent of our waste and recovered energy from a further 42 per cent.

“The work of the county, district and borough councils and the efforts of residents has transformed how we deal with waste. As a result we have exceeded targets set in 2006 for dealing with waste produced in the county.”

The county council is also looking at a “pay as you throw” system for business waste.