Recycling Cap

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Dear East Sussex County Council,

I understand that there is a cap on the amount of recycling that

can be done within the Lewes area.

Please can you tell me what the current cap is set at and if there are any plans to increase or remove the cap and if not why not.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Locke

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

15 March 2011

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I understand that there is a cap on the amount of recycling that can be
done within the Lewes area.

Please can you tell me what the current cap is set at and if there are any
plans to increase or remove the cap and if not why not.

Answer:
The County Council has not placed a "cap" on the amount of recycling that
can be undertaken in the Lewes area and has never applied such a "cap".
The County Council is committed to reducing the percentage of municipal
waste sent to landfill. Recycling is one way that this objective can be
achieved along with other approaches such as waste prevention, re-use and
energy recovery.

The County Council makes payments to District and Borough Councils (based
on each tonne of material collected and recycled) to provide an incentive
for them to increase the tonnage of recycling that they collect. The
County Council and the District and Borough Councils entered into a new
Agreement at the beginning of April 2010 which covers this arrangement.
The Agreement recognises that the arrangement needs to be affordable and
there is a threshold which will trigger a review of the continuing
affordability of the scheme. The threshold is set at 50% of the aggregate
waste collected by all District and Borough Councils (in East Sussex) in a
financial year. The current East Sussex recycling aggregate rate (2010/11
- April to December inclusive) is 37.7%. Lewes District Council's
recycling rate is 23.12%. Last year (2009/10) the comparable rates were
36.5% and 23.7%.

The aforementioned recycling rates suggest that unless there is a
significant change in the approach that some District and Borough
Council's adopt to the collection of recyclate the review threshold is not
likely to be reached for some years. Even if the threshold is reached,
this only triggers a review of the affordability of the arrangement and is
not a "cap" on recycling in either the Lewes area or the County area of
East Sussex.

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