‘No plans to axe weekly collections’ after £390,000 grant

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Horsham District Council has been awarded a little over £392,000 over three years to reduce contaminants in the material it collects for sorting at the state of the art recycling facility at Ford.

Of the 118 councils that applied to the £250m Weekly Collection Support Scheme fund, 85 were successful.

The fund, announced by The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government earlier this year, was set up to encourage councils to revert to weekly collections where they are not currently offered and help preserve them where they are.

The leader of Horsham District Council, Ray Dawe said: “We are delighted that we are one of only 85 councils nationwide to receive a grant from the Weekly Collection Support Scheme, particularly as Horsham District Council already collects residual waste each week.

“The grant will help us to improve the quality of the material delivered through the Acorn Plus scheme for sorting at Ford, ensuring that we continue to produce high quality recycled materials as feedstock to various industries.

“During the recent recession the quality of recycled materials produced at Ford has ensured that no recycling has had to be dumped.

“It is vitally important that we maintain, and where possible improve, these standards to ensure that the efforts of Horsham District residents to recycle are not wasted by having to dump material in the future.

“I am also pleased to confirm that the Council has no plans to move away from weekly waste collections.”