Adopt a Street

March 8, 2015 · Posted in Environment, Waste & Recycling · Comment 

The council’s Adopt a Street initiative was officially launched on March 2. HDC want as many residents as possible to sign up to be voluntary litter pickers and to help keep the area near where they live clean and tidy. This will supplement the great work, which the Council already does. Volunteers will be supplied with gloves, a litter pick, high-vis waistcoat. Anyone interested can sign up on line (horsham.gov.uk) or contact Karen Grisley on 739387.

National award for Acorn Plus vehicles

July 18, 2011 · Posted in Waste & Recycling · Comment 

A national award has been given to Horsham District Council for its specialist fleet of Acorn Plus recycling and refuse vehicles.

Horsham District Council, along with Acorn Plus vehicle supplier Dennis Eagle, was awarded Waste Fleet of the Year at the Plant and Waste Recycling Awards, which took place in Torquay, Devon on 8 June. The awards recognise successful projects that are reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill sites.

The Waste Fleet of the Year award recognises that Horsham District Council has invested in its specialist Acorn Plus vehicle fleet to increase efficiency and collection capacity thus ensuring an efficient service to the community.

Cllr Andrew Baldwin, Cabinet Member for the Environment at Horsham District Council, said:
"This prestigious award recognises the investment made by Horsham District Council to ensure recycling and refuse is collected in the most efficient way, whilst retaining a weekly collection of residual (landfill) waste.
"It’s national recognition that innovative solutions backed by sensible investment can deliver excellent results.
"I congratulate everyone involved in winning this award."

Ian Jopling, Head of Operational Services at Horsham District Council, added:
"I was very proud to receive this award, with our vehicle supplier Dennis Eagle, on behalf of Horsham District Council and the whole team which has worked so hard to make Acorn Plus such a resounding success.
"It is gratifying that the residents of the Horsham District have embraced the Acorn Plus scheme making Horsham District Council one of the top recycling authorities in the country."

Litter

April 28, 2011 · Posted in Environment, Waste & Recycling · Comment 

It is a shame that some people think it is alright to throw litter. Although the council has to pick it up it isn’t the Councils litter, it belongs to the inconsiderate people who drop it.

The Parish Council employs a Litter Warden who is responsible for Roffey. If you are aware of any particular problem spots, please let us know and we will arrange for the Litter Warden to visit the area.

Roy recently took part in a Horsham in Bloom clean up event in the Oak Tree Way and Redkiln Way area. The picture shows just some of the bags of rubbish collected. However, returning to the area three weeks later it was disappointing to see that it had returned to its original state, very frustrating.

HDC is working with the probation service to see if some people can be used to pick up litter as part of “community payback”, subject of course, to proper supervision and training. If re-elected in May, the Conservatives will invest more in street cleaning and see if outsourcing it would give taxpayers better value for money.

Praise for Bin Collections in bad weather

February 6, 2011 · Posted in Waste & Recycling · Comment 

Significant praise has been given for bin collections carried out in Horsham District in December and around New Year. Whilst both the wintry weather and the extended holiday period delayed collections in other parts of the country, nearly all Acorn plus household refuse and recycling collections were carried out without significant delays. When it was snowy, we stopped collections for safety reasons but caught up with them within a week or so and during the Christmas and New Year period we put on extra blue top bin collections across the whole district.

Numerous letters / emails of praise were received including one saying “Thank you HDC, bins collected on time as promised, no trips to the tip. Keep up the good work many thanks”.

Recycling

November 12, 2010 · Posted in Waste & Recycling · Comment 

The Acorn Plus scheme, which has been such a success, has now been rolled out across the district. As a result of this initiative which was introduced by your Conservative district council, recycling rates are nearly 60% which is a fantastic achievement. Other councils are showing great interest in what has been achieved and the scheme has been nominated for a national award.

It is very important that everyone “buys in” to recycling. As you drive from Kingsfold to Horsham on the A24 you can not fail to see on the left the massive waste mountain at Biffa’s landfill site. Seeing it should be enough to make anyone want to recycle.

There are no hidden electronic chips in the bins and normal refuse collection will continue weekly.