There will be no need to separate glass bottles and jars into their own recycling bin after Saturday, June 29, according to the East Sussex Joint Waste and Recycling Committee.
That is the date Biffa takes over a new waste and recycling contract from and from then onwards glass can be placed into the recycling bin along with other recyclable materials, including paper, cardboard, and cans.
From the same date Tetrapaks, such as juice, or long-life milk cartons should be placed into waste bins. They will no longer be processed for recycling because of changes in the kinds of materials accepted by cardboard producers.
Tetrapaks will instead be taken to the Newhaven Energy Recovery Facility.
Bin collection dates, and garden waste collections – for those who subscribe – will not change for most residents when Biffa starts the contract, according to the committee which oversees the work of the Joint Waste Partnership which is made up of Wealden District, Hastings Borough, Rother District and East Sussex County councils.
Committee chair, Cllr Roy Galley said: “In Biffa we are joining forces with a specialist waste company with a proven track record. We’re confident they will deliver an excellent, value-for-money service for our residents.
“We’d urge people to start thinking ahead now. Bear in mind that if your next recycling collection date falls after June 29, you should start putting recyclable glass bottles and jars in your recycling bin, and put Tetrapaks in the refuse bin with your non-recycled waste.
“As with any change, it’s possible there may be some disruption. We’d ask residents to check their local district or borough council website for updates of any changes to services and to continue to report any missed collections before 5pm on the next working day.”
From June 29, all district and borough councils in East Sussex – Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Rother and Wealden – will collect the same mix of dry recycling which will be processed through a county-wide recycling contract with Viridor. Recycling will be taken to a Materials Recycling Facility at Crayford for processing.
Cllr Nick Bennett, East Sussex County Council deputy leader, said: “Advances in technology mean we’re now able to sort glass for recycling without the need to place it in separate containers, which hopefully will make things simpler for residents.
“We’d encourage residents to check on their local district or borough council website what kinds of materials can be recycled. Please continue to rinse out any items before putting them loose in your recycling bin or pink sack, to avoid contamination of waste.”
After the changeover, residents will no longer need their glass recycling box and can either keep it for other uses in the home, garage or garden or take it to their local Household Waste Recycling Site. They should not put these boxes in their recycling or refuse bin.
More information about recycling in Wealden is available here on the district council website.