Join the West Sussex Waste Partnership in our #FightAgainstFoodWaste!
Recent figures show that nearly a third of waste in our rubbish bins is food waste! That third is the equivalent of nearly 20 rubbish trucks full of food being thrown away each and every day. Food waste is a huge problem and has a massive impact globally on our environment and individually on us financially.
That equates to more than 50,000 tonnes of food waste that is thrown away in West Sussex every year.
From uneaten leftovers that we simply throw in the bin to spoiled foods we’ve left in the fridge, most food waste is actually avoidable and 70% could have been eaten at some point.
The West Sussex Waste Partnership
In West Sussex the County Council is the ‘Waste Disposal Authority’, responsible for the safe disposal of household waste collected by the district and borough councils. The County Council also provides Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) where residents can deliver their household waste for recycling and disposal.
There are seven district and borough councils in West Sussex: Adur District Council, Arun District Council, Chichester District Council, Crawley Borough Council, Horsham District Council, Mid Sussex District Council, and Worthing Borough Council.
The district and borough councils as ‘Waste Collection Authorities’ are responsible for the collection of household waste in their respective areas.
The West Sussex Waste Partnership (WSWP) brings together all of the local authorities in West Sussex with the aim of working effectively together, providing the best possible services for their residents.
The West Sussex Waste Partnership Fight Against Food Waste campaign will help to raise awareness of the issue of food waste within the County and advise residents on ways to prevent food waste, by reducing, reusing and recycling where possible.
Waste prevention and Tackling Food Waste Collections in West Sussex
The WSWP is looking to tackle food waste in the first instance through it's Fight Against Food Waste prevention campaign. As 70% of food waste is avoidable, our strategy is to try and prevent it from being wasted in the first place. Waste prevention is the preferred solution as it is more economical and sustainable.
Alongside the food waste prevention campaign, the WSWP is looking to undertake trials of separate food waste collections to further reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill.