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Brighton Journal | 21st February 2020

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Recycling rates highest on record in Brighton and Hove

Recycling rates highest on record in Brighton and Hove
Hannah Midgley

Brighton and Hove have the highest level of recycling rate on record with strong plans to continue this upward trend.


New figures today have been released in a report by the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee with the city’s recycling rates increasing to 30.4% in the first quarter of 2018/19.


Brighton and Hove Labour Party thanked Cityclean for their hard work towards raising this figure.



Although rates are slowly on the rise, the report outlined how the city must make significant improvements to achieve the waste framework target of 50% by 2020.


This includes increasing the types of plastics collected by the council and promoting recycling widely around the city.


Despite this historic rise, Brighton and Hove’s recycling rates still remain well below the national average of 44%.


The recycling site at Whitecross Street, Brighton, East Sussex © Editor5807


Meanwhile, new Cityclean chief Rachel Chasseaud has said refuse collection services around Brighton and Hove will take two years to amend in a recent interview.


Problems with rubbish in the city have mounted in recent months with increased fly-tipping and the levels of litter created after events like Brighton Marathon and Brighton Pride.


The council are currently developing an informational and educational campaign to increase recycling, which will launch early in the new year.


There has also been more pressure for the council to make Brighton and Hove events plastic-free after the launch of a campaign has gathered almost 3,000 signatures.


The committee report was created after recycling petition launched in October by Hanover resident, Tea Meneghetti, called for the council to recycle more plastics, collect recycling more frequently, promote recycling more, and the collection of food waste.


As a result, the petition and the report aim to reduce waste through the increasing recycling project.


The council seeks to launch costed investigations into the plausibility of these objectives in the near future.


  1. Colin

    When I moved to Brighton from west London a year and a half ago I was shocked at how little was recycled in Brighton compared to London, and in the City that has the only Green MP. These figures confirm my fears with a recycling rate a little over 30% compared to the national average of 44%. You make it sound like a good news story, ‘the highest it’s ever been’ it should read ‘Brighton recycling way below national average’

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