Brighton Lite Reporter
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Residents in the Brunswick and Adelaide area of Brighton & Hove have given a massive thumbs up to communal recycling.
Following a recent consultation, an unprecedented 87% of residents said they were willing to take part in the city’s first communal recycling trial.
The aim of the scheme, which could begin in April, is to make it easier for people to recycle and improve recycling rates in the area. Brunswick and Adelaide wards have a large number of flats, where residents have little space to store recycling boxes
If agreed by Councillor Pete West, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, communal recycling bins will be introduced in the area bordered by, and including Holland Road, Lansdowne Road, Western Road and Norfolk Road and south of Western Road from Brunswick Square East to Western Street/Norfolk Square.
At present these streets receive a weekly recycling collection service.
Residents were asked for their views on replacing the black box collection service with on-street communal bins where they could drop off recycling as and whenever they choose.
Survey results showed that 87% of residents who responded were in favour of giving the scheme a try, and 71% were happy with the proposed locations for the bins.
Those not in favour of the trial, (10% of respondents) were mostly concerned about possible loss of parking spaces.
However, these recycling bins would be a third of the size of the communal refuse bins already in place in many parts of the city centre.
Now that residents have given their support, Councillor Pete West has been asked to give the trial the go ahead and will make his decision at an Environment Cabinet meeting on January 24.
He will also be asked to approve a bid for Interreg funding towards the cost of the trial.
“Increasing recycling rates is a top priority for the council and we are constantly looking for new ways to make it easier for our residents to reduce their waste,” he said.
“Communal recycling could work well in densely populated areas of the city such as Brunswick and Adelaide wards and I am very pleased that so many residents are willing to give the scheme a try.”
If approved by Councillor West, the trial will being in April and run for one year.