Battery collections to start across Horsham district

Horsham District Council’s recycling team plans to start collecting batteries, textiles and small electrical items at the end of May.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 10:20 am

During a meeting of the full council, Philip Circus, cabinet member for environment, recycling & waste, told fellow councillors he and the staff were ‘very enthusiastic’ about the scheme.

Household batteries will be part of the kerbside collection but people will have to book online to arrange a collection of their textiles and electrical items such as kettles and toasters.

There will be no charge for the services.

Mr Circus said: “This will be a further boost to recycling. It’s particularly important in relation to batteries which at the moment get thrown away and end up in residual waste.

“They should be disposed of separately and our door-to-door collection will hopefully attack that problem.”

Mr Circus told the meeting that Horsham was currently the 59th best performing authority in the country when it came to recycling.

He added that the council was currently working on a programme for the collection of food waste and, once that came online, Horsham could find itself in the top 10.

He said: “I’d like to pay tribute to all our residents because, at the end of the day, we wouldn’t be the high performing authority in terms of recycling without the enormous participation and dedication of our residents.”

Horsham’s Repair Cafe, reopening at the United Reformed Church, 45 Springfield Rd, Horsham RH12 1PT on Saturday July 31 and will take place there afterwards on the last Saturday of every month, rather than the first Saturday of every month.