‘Fantastic response’ to the bin collection changes in Eastbourne, says council

There has been a positive reaction to the collection changes, according to the council.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 2:27 pm

Black bin collections in Eastbourne changed from weekly to fortnightly on April 12, alternating with recycling collections.

According to council papers, the change is expected to save the council £206,000 in the first year, rising to £249,000 in following years.

It is also expected to see the town’s recycling rate increase by between five to seven per as well as reduce carbon emissions by taking some of the council’s fleet of bin lorries off the road.

Eastbourne bin collections changed last month

Jonathan Dow, cabinet member for climate change, said, “The main driver for this is to increase our recycling rates as a town. We sit at about 35 per cent at the moment; the government target is 50 per cent.

“We are behind where we need to be when compared to our neighbours as well as like for like authorities.

“At the moment nearly 60 per cent of local authorities already collect refuse fortnightly, so we are in the minority – the 32 per cent who still collect weekly.”

In response to the changes, a statement from Environment First, which is within Eastbourne Borough Council, said, “We’ve had a fantastic response from residents.

“People have quickly adapted to the new system of alternate weekly collections and as a consequence they are helping to cut Eastbourne’s carbon footprint and increase the amount of waste that is recycled.

“We would like to thank everyone for taking to the new system so well and for the many comments we have received.”