Refuse Recycling & Street Cleansing

Proposed aims:

  • To have clean streets free of litter, fouling and fly tipping or abandoned items and containers;
  • To support strategies for waste minimisation including improving our overall approach to recycling;
  • To reduce levels of unwanted/illegal rubbish in the area.

Potential Partners: Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC), CityClean, Magpie recycling, Rubbish Friends, and other community clean-up groups (Green Gym, Coleman Street Community clean-up) Plastic-free Brighton & Hove, Freecycle, Food Partnership, Universities (Sussex, and Brighton), Private sector housing licensing, Letting Agents (Good Landlords Scheme), Hanover Community Facebook Noticeboard (HCN – Facebook), Hanover & Elm Grove Local Action Team (HEGLAT), Hanover Action: towards a sustainable community, Tenant and resident groups, and The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership.

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  Aim 1 To have clean streets, free of litter, fouling and fly tipping and abandoned items or containers. 2018-2020 How we will know things are / have improved?
  Actions Partners Indicative timeframe  
Suggestion SIMPLE Review & publish recent consultations BHCC; City Clean, Magpie, Letting Agents, HCN and HEGLAT website 2018-19 Clear understanding of what people said & what happened
Suggestion Publicity Strategy

Work out how best to communicate problems and actions (understanding that people don’t nesseceray read notice, the Hanover Directory is only delivered to houses in Hanover & HCN is a lose forum that could benefit from monitoring & response from City Clean & HEHLAT)

Welcome Pack for new residents

BHCC; City Clean, Magpie, Letting Agents, Estate Agents, LAT; Rubbish Friends; UofS &B; HCN and HEGLAT website 2018-19 X no of HMO and UofS &B residents receiving Y etc.
Action 1 In consultation with City Clean, carry out an annual programme of street surveys to understand resident concerns. BHCC; LAT; Rubbish Friends; UofS &B; Use of HCN and HEGLAT website 2018-19
Action 2 Use the survey to understand residents overall satisfaction with the Council’s refuse and recycling service and its enforcement to help identify areas for improvement BHCC; CITY Clean and LAT 2018-19
Action 3 In consultation with the Council and City Clean and confirm the Council’s intention towards signage in our streets and identify relevant follow up actions. BHCC; City Clean 2018-19
Action 4 To raise awareness of dog mess /chewing gum through relevant editorials in the Hanover Directory and through an audit and review of the number and location of dog litter and refuse bins and signage in the area.

NB Hanover Directory only delivered to the housing in Hanover (i.e. not Phoenix or other Estates or Elm Grove

LAT; HCN and FB; Hanover Directory 2018-19
  Aim 2 – To support strategies for waste minimisation including improving our overall approach to recycling 2018-2020  
Action1 Work with bike hub to identify abandoned bikes and increase their recycling and reuse. Bike Hub; City Clean; 2018-2020
Action 2 To support community composting initiatives by extending the Community Compost scheme across Hanover and Elm Grove HASLHA; B&H Food Partnership 2018-19
Action 3 Work with City Clean and the Council to communicate and inform residents about the recycling and bulk waste collection services available in the area to promote the effective use of existing facilities and partner services like Freegle, Gumtree and informal and community reuse initiatives City Clean; HCN; FB; LAT; Hanover Directory; HASL 2018
Action 4 Encourage and assist universities to inform students about local recycling systems and to work positively within the student community to increase recycling levels. LAT; UofS&B ,HMO Landlords 2018-2020
Action 5 Work with the Council and its partners to identify and promote opportunities to increase access to recycling, community reuse and green waste initiatives across the neighbourhood. BHCC; Magpie; HA; 2018-2020
Action 6 Encourage the Council to work towards providing all neighbourhoods with details of the levels of recycling in their areas with recommendations on what residents can do more of to help these levels improve. BHCC; LAT 2020
  Aim 3 To reduce levels of unwanted/illegal rubbish in the area 2018-2020  
Action 1 To develop a programme of Volunteer/Community clean-up days to promote neighbourhood cohesion and address concerns directly. YAC/YMCA; Hanover Rubbish Friends 2018

Resident Comments Received that have informed the Actions (from Engagement Events)

Street surveys/audits identifying problems and opportunities: Residents, LAT, BHCC Cityclean undertaking regular street surveys

BHCC Service delivery: identify service standards and resources and ensure that existing services operate safely and effectively and that residents have meaningful routes to engage with service providers, and that service providers are responsive to residents’ concerns and issues.

Review refuse & recycling information: some streets have signage giving incorrect information.

Dog fouling:  make the Patch dog free, do more for streets and pavements.

Waste management issues: The neighbourhood currently has some communal bins which can attract tipping and can be a problem (smell, noise, obstruction) for those living closest to them, although they are also supported by residents as they help keep the pavement clear and eliminate home storage of waste and can be more effective than black bags (also a problem as people form outside of Coleman/Washington use them so they have capacity issues); some wheelie bins, some binvelopes and widespread use of pavements for waste storage which can be a problem re obstruction. Can we work as a community to find improvements which rationalise this and work better for our neighbourhood?

Chewing gum: lots on pavements and needs to be removed.

Graffiti: Create graffiti with graffiti artists so that it is made with beauty and young people take pride in it

Abandoned bikes: work with bike hub to increase recycling/reuse of dumped bikes

Enforcement: Clarify the existing enforcement regime for fly tipping, littering, fouling and misuse of recycling bins and ensure effectiveness of reporting and that enforcement powers are used.

Increase recycling levels: Support Cityclean in educating and informing residents about recycling and bulk waste collection in the area and promote effective use of existing facilities, including use of Freegle and informal reuse – leaving items in the street – more effective. Encourage and assist universities to inform students about local recycling systems and to work positively within the student community to increase recycling levels. Work with Magpie recycling to increase access to their green box service, which is able to collect a wider variety of recyclables, including plastics, than the BHCC scheme. Encourage the council to support a review into recycling levels and act on recommendations. Have Decentralised recycling collection – skips on street corners. Have charity boxes in recycling hubs. Black box recycling bins with no lids are a problem & should be redesigned. Can BHCC inform residents when they recycle unrecyclable stuff rather than just leaving ‘contaminated’ boxes in the street. Can we have weekly recycling and fortnightly refuse collection to encourage recycling? Communal recycling is good but can be noisy.

Communal refuse bins don’t encourage recycling and quantities of recyclables end up in them.

Waste minimisation: Seek to introduce more community compost facilities, promote the use of community reuse initiatives – such as freecycle or advertising good on the Hanover Facebook group, support the Hanover Action plastic free Hanover initiative.

Green waste: Have communal green waste collection points/bins

Food waste: pilot a doorstep food waste collection scheme. Encourage the development of community compost sites. Compost bin requested for top of Freshfield Road.

Community activities support clean-up days, and community/resident led graffiti removal, link with young people projects e.g.’ YAC/YMCA

Hanover Rubbish Friends: Pick up litter around hotspots and promote and educate on proper recycling and rubbish disposal as we go out and about