When it comes to recycling, Eastbourne needs to pull its socks up.
That’s according to analysis from SUEZ, which has looked at government figures for recycling rates in the south east. Out of 73 local authorities, Eastbourne Borough Council was rated as 50th for its recycling rates, with 35.8% of waste avoiding landfill here in 2015/16.
Across the whole of the south east, recycling rates fell for the first time, with a drop of 0.5%.
A spokesman for Eastbourne Borough Council said, “In the face of a national decline in recycling this year, Eastbourne has maintained its recycling rate.
“We provide a robust service allowing people to recycle a wide range of materials. However, a recent audit of residual waste (black bins) in Eastbourne found that 25% of it could have been recycled.
“We encourage residents to recycle everything they can and do their bit to drive up the town’s recycling rate.
“One of the ways to do this is by signing up to our Bourne to Recycle scheme which provides incentives to those who commit to recycle more of their household waste.
For more details about this scheme and information about what can be recycled visit our website and click on Recycling.”