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New waste services from Monday 23 June 2003

Domestic waste collection is to undergo a revolution this summer with the introduction of several changes to the current arrangements. Alternate weekly collection of recyclables is to be replaced by a full weekly collection of all recyclable material. Recycling and refuse collection will revert to the same collection day, while green waste will be sent to a composting facility rather than being landfilled. Green waste sacks are also being reduced in cost from 75p each to 65p. Perhaps the biggest change will be moving the refuse collection point from the rear to the front of the property.

Why the changes?

Worthing Borough Council recently reviewed all the waste services offered to the public and decided to place more emphasis on collecting recyclable waste. Changing the collection point releases enough time from the refuse collectors to re-deploy some of them to collecting green waste and recycling and improving those services. The Council needs the co-operation of householders to ensure that these improvements can be achieved. Placing your refuse at the front of your property is essential to improving the overall waste services whilst keeping the cost down. Think carefully about how you will now manage your refuse. Can you separate recyclable material? Cans, plastic bottles, newspapers and magazines are all collected from the kerbside and separating these will help reduce the weight of your ordinary rubbish. Consider whether it is possible to leave your bin at the front and take refuse to it. If you are elderly or infirm do you have family, friends, neighbours, carers who can assist? If none of these is practical telephone the hotline 01903 229266 and member of staff will make an assessment which may lead to an assisted collection. Please remember that we need to restrict the number of assisted collections to a minimum.

Details of the Changes

All householders will be receiving a waste information pack in the next 2-3 weeks detailing many of the waste services available to householders including kerbside recycling, ‘bring’ recycling, composting and green waste, refuse collection, bulky waste collections and clinical waste collections. In addition a series of exhibitions are being held in Worthing, with members of staff on hand to answer questions about the service. These will be held at East Worthing Community Centre, Durrington Community Centre, Heene Community Centre and in the Town Centre. Workplace exhibitions are also being held at the Town Hall, Glaxo SmithKline, Worthing Hospital, Norwich Union and Southern Water. Please make special note of the new arrangements contained in the information pack to ensure that you do not miss a collection.


Worthing Borough Council hopes that the changes to the refuse and recycling services will benefit householders throughout the Borough. If you have any comments or observations about the new services please direct them to Worthing Contract Services, Meadow Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 2SA or e-mail
or telephone 01903-229266.


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