What we plan to do


  • Promote reuse and recycling to high value uses, including closed loop recycling (see also Sustainable Materials)
  • By 2025, 70% of domestic waste by weight will be recycled or composted. The target is that residual waste will reduce by 10% per household by 2025.
  • By 2020, no more than 2% of all waste (domestic, commercial or construction) by weight will be sent to landfill – the rest is reused, recycled, composted or burned for energy recovery.
  • Develop the infrastructure to enable recycling of commercial waste to achieve a trajectory towards zero waste by 2025.

Strategy: Reduce waste and increase re-use

  • Work with the charities and community sector to promote re-use, through online schemes and business partnerships.
  • Maximise re-use and local income from textiles via bring banks and local charities
  • Open further re-use facility at Brighton Household Waste and Recycling Centre.
  • Promote re-use charities and partners, e.g. working with Universities.
  • Continue collaboration with the Food Partnership to educate residents on preventing food waste.

Increase recycling rates

  • Complete roll out of communal recycling  by Spring 2014 
  • Continue to review opportunities to collect additional materials for recycling
  • Maximise recycling rates using existing services through effective engagement with residents and community incentive campaign linked to recycling rates
  • Redevelop Brighton HWRS in to a split level site which will improve accessibility and recycling rates.  The plans are subject to planning permission.

Increase composting

  • Encourage further community composting schemes for food and garden waste.
  • Food Partnership and council campaign to promote subsidised home composters and digesters and comport awareness.

Commercial and other waste

  • Launch council commercial refuse collection trial In 2014

Waste minimisation and prevention

  • Support the food waste reduction campaign by the Food partnership and BHCC.