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Need for landfill sites will 'virtually disappear'
Landfill sites in Sussex will become a thing of the past after the drafting of a new blueprint.
After approving its new “green” proposal for dealing with waste and minerals across East Sussex and Brighton and Hove, town hall bosses believe the controversial method of dealing with rubbish will “virtually disappear” within three years.
Officials claim its one existing landfill site, at Pebsham, near Hastings, is not expected to be replaced once full.
With West Sussex County Council only having one active site to bury waste, this means only a small percentage of waste will be disposed of by burial in the county.
However, the East Sussex plan admitted the current trend of more than 50% of waste requiring landfill will continue to be exported in the near future.
Keith Glazier, deputy leader of East Sussex County Council, said: “Adoption of the plan is the culmination of several years’ work which has included extensive consultation with people and businesses.
“Importantly, the plan does not include any new landfill sites and will encourage much greater recovery of material and energy from waste from businesses in the near future.”
The blueprint, which talks about how to deal with about 1.75 million tonnes of solid waste every year, has now been adopted by East Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council and the South Downs National Park Authority.
Officials claim the plan, which outlines how authorities tackle waste through the planning process, has some of the most ambitious targets in the country for waste recovery.
By 2015/15, it wants recycling rates to be 45% with overall recovery rates 98%.
This means that taxpayers do not have to foot a bill of up to £80 for every tonne sent to the landfill.
Phélim MacCafferty, deputy leader for Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “In Brighton and Hove we are focused on reducing as much waste as possible and providing as much support as we can to encourage everyone to play their part in saving resources.”
Andrew Shaxson, chairman of the South Downs National Parks Authority's planning committee, said: “This plan will help to guide major waste and mineral developments away from protected landscapes.”
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