Increasing amounts of litter are being collected by Uckfield Town Council from its bins across the town.
Coupled with increased disposal costs, it means the council is spending more money on getting rid of the rubbish and will increase the budget for the next financial year (2020/21).
At this stage it is budgeting to spend £3,600 on this service in the coming year, up from £900 in the current financial year – budgets are still at a draft stage and are not finalised until next month.
The town council has about 70 litter bins across the town, on land it owns.
Council grounds staff empty the bins and take the rubbish to large containers for collection twice a week by a waste contractor.
Wealden District Council also has a number of bins within the town, which are on the main thoroughfare of the High Street and main routes into Uckfield, such as Lewes Road or Eastbourne Road.
Biffa collects the rubbish from these bins as part of its waste collection contract with Wealden DC.
Town clerk, Holly Goring told this website:
“All of the bins are very widely used, and there is often demand for the number of bins to increase.
“In the majority of cases, members of the public will dispose of their waste in the bins provided, but certain areas of the town such as Luxford Field, do unfortunately just see people leaving their litter lying around.
“We are very fortunate in Uckfield to not only have our grounds team, but also the help of Brighter Uckfield, and individuals who will regularly go around their area litter picking.
“This pride in the local area is fantastic, and helps to make Uckfield such a beautiful town.”
She said the council had seen an increase over the past two years in the amount of litter collected.
“The summer months are always busier with people using our open spaces, and the commercial contract we have with our waste contractor has also seen costs increase.
“If events take place on Luxford Field, for example in the summer months, this will obviously increase the waste in the UTC bins provided.
“We, therefore, had to increase our budget for litter collection in our budget setting process for 2020/21 to reflect these increases.
“We currently support Brighter Uckfield with the collection of some of the waste they gather up when they are carrying out project work across the town, and have had to liaise with them closely on what we can dispose of,” the town clerk said.
She added: “I think Uckfield continues to do a great job of keeping tidy, but perhaps we are seeing longer summers, warmer weather etc or a more outdoors/al fresco type culture which is encouraging people to eat their lunch outside, or head to their local open spaces in the sunshine.
“Far more people sit outside cafes and restaurants than they used to almost all year round. I’m not sure I recall that so much when I was younger,” she commented.