We consulted on the draft East Sussex Waste Strategy. This is a joint strategy from the county, district and borough councils in East Sussex, showing what we’ve achieved with residents’ help, as well as setting new waste reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery targets for 2020-2025. The document also included proposals to close three County Council recycling sites (Seaford, Forest Row and Wadhurst) as a result of our Household Waste Recycling Site Review.
We had a huge response to the consultation, thank you. Nearly 800 people replied by completing the survey on the Consultation Hub while over 13,500 responded by either email, letter or petition. In general the response to the strategy was good; some even felt we should set higher targets. However there was a great deal of concern regarding the proposed closure of the three recycling sites (Seaford, Forest Row and Wadhurst). Our Consultation Report summarises the comments we received.
Due to the significant response a decision was made to keep the three sites open for three days a week instead of closing them completely. We’re now working with our contractor to make the changes at the sites. Once a date is set for the change in opening hours, we’ll widely publicise the changes, as well as the alternative waste recycling and disposal options for residents.
The revised Waste Strategy is being submitted to the each council’s cabinet for approval.