After two years of campaigning since the election in 2015 the Liberal Democrats are finally succeeding in getting the Conservative controlled Lewes District Council to implement the much-needed new recycling scheme. The new scheme will allow all recycling to be put in the one bin! . Many more plastic items can be recycled helping with the Lib Dem campaign for a #PlasticFreeLewes Residents will have the choice of having two sizes of recycling wheelie bins plus an option of continuing to use their old containers. The Liberal Democrats want the Council to go further with curbside collections and provide gull/vermin proof bags for both recycling and general waste to those residents who can’t accommodate the large bins. Typically this is for those who live in terraced houses, in flats and those with disabilities who can’t manage a large bin. Vic Ient said “We have succeeded in getting a trial started in Lewes for the new gull proof bags and if successful I hope we can convince the conservative administration to include this as a standard option for all residents.”
In the photograph below Liberal Democrat District Council Environment Spokesman Cllr Vic Ient is with District Cllr Will Elliott (Bridge Ward) and environment campaigner, Oli Henman (who is also the Liberal Democrat Candidate in the Lewes town Council elections), reviewing the new recycling scheme.
The roll-out of the new recycling service has started in the coastal towns and will come to the villages in the Lower Ouse Valley in March followed by Lewes Town in April 2018.
The new 240 litre green wheelie bins with a blue lid will replace the old assortment of boxes and bags currently used by residents for their recycling. With the new service much more can be recycled. If one of the new 240 litre bins (pictured) is too big, residents can ask for a smaller bin. The service should be completely rolled out by July 2018.
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Local Lewes Liberal Democrats are calling for a ‘Plastic Free Lewes’. They are asking for a ban on non-biodegradable coffee cups, a plastic bottle return scheme and the provision of recycling bins for the different types of plastic waste. This is part of the Liberal Democrats’ long-term national campaign to persuade the government to move over to biodegradable packaging and rid our country of the blight of plastic pollution and litter. Thankfully, in the autumn budget, the Conservative Chancellor has taken a small step forward on plastic pollution. He’s going to carry out an investigation into charging for single use plastic. Not exactly dynamic but welcomed nevertheless!
“There is national recognition that plastic waste is a major environmental challenge, blighting our landscapes and poisoning our seas,” said Oli Henman, an environmental campaigner and Lewes Lib Dems Town Council candidate.
Some 2.5 billion* disposable cups are used annually in the UK. As many will know the scourge of our roadsides and streets is the takeaway coffee cup. It is local councils that have to clear up the mess and to make matters worse these coffee cups are mostly not recyclable. I would like to cut litter clean up costs by both getting people not to throw them away but also to make them biodegradable! We have heard of initiatives by Costa Coffee in big cities to include a special waste bin for their coffee cups in their stores. Well why not here in the Lewes District? But, moreover, let’s try and persuade all businesses in the Lewes area to both provide better recycling facilities and to use biodegradable cups? The range* of biodegradable cups has increased over recent years.
*That’s 2,500,000,000 !!
Reducing take-away coffee cup litter & help clean up our environment
In February this year (2017) I asked Lewes District Council to implement an initiative with local businesses to move over to bio-degradable containers and they agreed! Watch what I said – click here . Sadly the Conservative controlled council have done nothing for the last 6 months. Perhaps they were following Tory Central Office guidance. The Conservative Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom, earlier this year exempted takeaway coffee cups from a new anti-litter “taskforce”! Last month, in July, I took the matter up with Cllr Paul Franklin Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling. Perhaps now the Conservatives will get on with the promotion to local business!
Thankfully, there are local business who already use bio-degradable cups like the one in coffee shop in Lansdown Place , Lewes. I would like to hear from all the businesses locally who use bio-degradable cups! Just contact me by clicking here.
* There are a number of companies who make fully recyclable cups including: