Councillor takes up recycling and refuse challenge

Steve Wallis joined the waste and recycling team
Steve Wallis joined the waste and recycling team
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A COUNCILLOR didn’t waste any time in joining refuse and recycling collectors for the day.

Steve Wallis, Eastbourne Borough Council’s spokesperson for the environment, joined staff from the council’s waste contractor SITA.

He was put through his paces on the streets of Devonshire ward, arriving before sunrise to meet his fellow crew members.

The morning was spent emptying black wheelie bins, whilst the afternoon was the turn of the green recycling boxes.

The refuse truck weighs in at nearly 14 tonnes, and was carefully negotiated through the narrow streets by driver, Eric Killestein, with the wheelie bins being hooked onto the back and automatically tipped in. An incredible eight tonnes of refuse can be collected in one round.

The recycling vans collect six different items from the kerbside, and these are sorted into different compartments to prevent any contamination.

The town recycling rates have increased by 16 per cent over the recent years.

Councillor Wallis said, “The day was hard work and challenging, black wheelie bins can be awkward and the green boxes heavy.

“The SITA crews are very professional and do a great job, and this is reflected in the very high satisfaction rates received from residents.

“The whole experience was worthwhile and gave me a much better understanding of the many challenges the SITA crew face on a daily basis.”

n COUNCIL chiefs are celebrating the success of its green recycling campaign to encourage residents to cut the amount of garden and cardboard waste sent to landfill.

Eastbourne Borough Council has launched a number of new initiatives since August last year including a free second green garden bin, larger green bins at certain allotment sites and Christmas tree drop off points.

The recycling campaign has also helped inform residents about exactly what they can recycle which has had a major impact on collections.

Across the town there are now 22,000 users of the garden waste collection service, and an extra 130 tonnes of garden waste have been collected. Some 500 Christmas trees were recycled by residents at the new drop off recycling points. Councillor Wallis said, “We are thrilled by the success of our green waste recycling campaign and I would like to thank residents for making such a difference.

“The campaign is a core part of our continued determination to hit ambitious targets and ensure we continue to lead the way by introducing new and innovative recycling schemes.

“Recycling is of course an ongoing commitment and we will work to improve on our achievements to date.”

Residents are reminded that cardboard packaging as well as garden waste can be placed in green garden wheelie bins or sacks, while all glass and plastic bottles, batteries, cans, paper and clothes can all go in the recycling green box.