Recyclable materials

         On average, 8.8% or 0.68kg/hh/wk of kerbside residual waste was compatible with mixed recycling collections. Of this, 47% was recyclable paper and card, 28% glass, 13% metals and 12% plastic bottles.

         The residual waste from shared bins was 17.8% compatible with mixed recycling collections. Of this, 62% was recyclable paper and card, 15% glass, 12.5% plastic bottles and 10% metals.

         The residual waste from communal bins was 14.6% compatible with mixed recycling collections. Of this 49% was recyclable paper and card, 33% glass, 10% metals and 8% plastic bottles.

 

Volume of waste

         Around 88% of Brighton & Hove kerbside households set out residual waste, generating 7.65kg/hh/wk of this material, which equates to 399kg/hh/yr.

         The comparable figure is not available for shared or communal bins as it cannot be determined how many households use each bin that was sampled due to their communal nature.

         The residual waste from kerbside properties contained 1.58kg/hh/wk of recyclable garden waste and fruit & vegetable peelings. These accounted for 20.6% of total waste. Therefore, a total of 29.5% or 2.25kg/hh/wk of residual bin contents is potentially kerbside recyclable.

         The residual waste from shared bins was 9.6% garden waste and peelings with communal bins being 20.4%. Most of these households will not have access to garden waste collections.

 

Food and garden waste

         37% (2.8kg/hh/wk) of the contents of kerbside residual bins across Brighton & Hove consisted of food and drink waste. Around 60% of food waste was deemed avoidable 53% of this was packaged.

         33.4% of the contents of residual waste from shared bins consisted of food and drink waste. Around 66% of food waste was deemed avoidable 52% of this was packaged.

         31.9% of the contents of residual waste from communal bins consisted of food and drink waste. Around 60% of food waste was deemed avoidable 56% of this was packaged.

         8% of kerbside residual waste consisted of garden vegetation. This compares with less than 3% for shared bins and 10.7% for communal bins.

 

Recyclable materials: paper

         27% of the paper in kerbside residual bins was of a recyclable format, contributing 1.9% towards the total residual waste collected across Brighton & Hove.

         From shared bins, 56% was recyclable accounting for 3.8% of the total.

         In communal bins, 31% was recyclable accounting for 2.2% of the total.

 

Recyclable materials: card and cardboard

         65% of the card and cardboard in kerbside residual bins was of a recyclable format, contributing 2.3% towards the total residual waste.

         From shared bins, 87% was recyclable accounting for 7.3% of the total.

         In communal bins, 83% was recyclable accounting for 5.0% of the total.

 

Recyclable materials: plastics

         On average, 8% of the plastic in kerbside residual bins was formed of plastic bottles, forming 1.0% towards the total residual waste.

         From shared bins, 22% was recyclable bottles accounting for 7.3% of the total.

         In communal bins, 15% was recyclable bottles accounting for 5.0% of the total.

 

Recyclable materials: metal

         On average 44% of the metal in kerbside residual bins was formed of recyclable packaging, contributing 1.9% towards the total residual waste.

         From shared bins, 56% was recyclable accounting for 7.3% of the total.

         In communal bins, 54% was recyclable accounting for 1.5% of the total.

 

Recyclable materials: glass

         79% of the glass in kerbside residual bins across Brighton & Hove was due to bottles and jars that could have been alternatively recycled at the kerbside. This amounted to 2.5% of the total residual waste.

         From shared bins, 87% was recyclable accounting for 2.7% of the total.

         From communal bins, 92% was recyclable accounting for 4.8% of the total