How Wealden rubbish is turned into energy

Nearly all the waste from kerbside collections and household waste recycling sites in Wealden is being used to create energy.

That is thanks to the Energy Recovery Facility at Newhaven which is taking Wealden rubbish that would previously have been buried as landfill.

District council leader Bob Standley said the conversion to electricity was “a major achievement”.

He added: “Many people are still unaware that as well as the waste that gets recycled from their kerbside collections and from the household waste recycling sites, nearly all of the rubbish we collect every other week is used to create energy.

“By the third quarter of the current council year, we recorded that over 48% of household waste was reused, recycled or composted. In the course of the current year it will be nearer to 96-97% when you consider the vast amount of rubbish we now recycle as electricity.”

Cllr Standley, who reviewed what he described as an “impressive” set of performance statistics, at the March meeting of the Wealden cabinet, said the council had performed well over the previous four years.

Measures taken through its Transformation Programme had placed it in a financially sound position and made it better able to withstand the challenge of reduced central Government grants than many other councils.

There was also mention, at the meeting, of improvements in planning performance during the last quarter with target times for the processing of all categories of planning application being exceeded.

Cllr Graham Wells, cabinet member for housing, said the number of council tenants paying their rents on time reached 98.7%, exceeding the target.

And Cllr Roy Galley, cabinet member for economic development regeneration highlighted the extension of the Job Centre Plus outreach scheme which began in Hailsham but is now including drop-in sessions at Crowborough, Heathfield and Uckfield.

The proportion of the working population in Wealden claiming Jobseekers Allowance continued to decline in line with regional and national trends and was now less than one per cent.

The council estimated that planning approvals in the current council year had created 190 new jobs.

Cabinet also welcomed a report by the council’s overview and scrutiny committee calling for an improved dialogue with NHS England to ensure the future health provision for the district council properly catered for through the planning process which would enable the necessary financial contributions from developers to be identified.

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