Horsham school signs up for council’s trade waste scheme

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Students at Tanbridge House School in Horsham are helping the school save money after it recently signed up to Horsham District Council’s trade waste recycling scheme.

The Council’s trade waste recycling service, now known as Acorn Plus Trade, is proving popular with businesses in the Horsham district as almost 200 businesses have now signed up.

Students at Tanbridge House School continue to help the environment by recycling all around the school and this could now be saving the school money after it signed up to use the trade waste recycling scheme.

Reduced charges for recycling collections can assist in off setting trade waste charges which are increasing significantly due to the escalating disposal costs for waste.

As over half of business waste is recyclable, switching to recycling makes increasing financial sense, as well as improving the environmental impact of local businesses.

Gail Watson, leader of Year 7 at Tanbridge House School, said: “It has been really easy for our new Year 7s to get used to the recycling system in school.

“There are different coloured bins for recyclable waste and other waste such as food and everyone is careful to make sure they put their rubbish in the right one.”

Keith Gardner, the school’s premises manager, said: “We have a simple system throughout the school, all recyclable waste in school goes into the blue bins which are then emptied in to the big blue recycle bins for collection.

“All other refuse goes into red bins around school. This is to emulate the procedure that students may follow at home.”

Almost 200 businesses in the Horsham district have now signed up.

Andrew Baldwin, Horsham District Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “It’s great to see that the council’s trade waste scheme is having a positive effect on not only the staff at Tanbridge House School but the children as well.

“Education is key – if we can encourage children to actively support recycling and other green initiatives like reusing plastic carrier bags then it will help the environment and hopefully discourage people from littering.

“The trade recycling service is a cost effective and reliable way for local businesses and schools to improve their green credentials.”

The council is happy to discuss individual requirements and is keen to tailor the service to meet the needs of each customer.

Further information can be found by calling Horsham District Council on 01403 733144, emailing tradewaste@horsham.gov.uk or visiting the Horsham District Council website (www.horsham.gov.uk).