‘Wash and squash’ to fit in more recycling

Wealden recycling SUS-150529-154233001

Wealden recycling SUS-150529-154233001

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Wealden District Council is urging residents to wash and squash their plastic recycling so they can fit more into their recycling bin, as a new waste and recycling timetable begins across Wealden this week,

Wash it and squash it – that is what the council is advising residents who may have to wait a little longer than usual for recycling collection.

But we don’t want this to discourage people from recycling. By washing and squashing it can increase the amount of recycling that will fit in your wheeled bin by up to a third.

Cllr Roy Galley

Councillor Roy Galley, cabinet member for waste management at Wealden District Council, said, “As part of the new timetable, it was important that all Wealden households received a rubbish collection in the first week to avoid some inevitably experiencing a longer gap than usual for this collection.

“As a result, it may mean a longer period before their next recycling collection.

“But we don’t want this to discourage people from recycling. By washing and squashing it can increase the amount of recycling that will fit in your wheeled bin by up to a third.

“If your recycling bin does becomes full, the extra recycling can be left by the side of the bin in an open container or see-through plastic bag ready for your first recycling collection.”

All residents should have received a new recycling calendar through the post. Information about the new collection dates can also be found on the Bin Day Search facility on the Wealden website or by contacting the council on 01323 443322.

The council is also reminding people to make sure their bins are placed at the edge of their property by 7am on collection day, even if the day of collection is unchanged. Crews may be arriving at a different time.

Garden waste collections are not affected by the waste and recycling round changes.

The council says the changes will help Wealden and its contractor Kier improve efficiency.

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