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Environmental Charter

This Council is committed to continuous environmental improvement and will adopt a set of policies that reflect its concern for the quality of the local and global environment. Blossom in St John's park

The Council will:

  • Raise awareness of environmental issues amongst its staff and residents and work force of the town to encourage a greater responsibility towards the environment.
  • Aim to reduce its own energy consumption and promote energy conservation in Burgess Hill.
  • Purchase goods and services from environmentally accredited sources.
  • Encourage facilities and schemes that reuse, recycle or minimise waste both within the Council’s operations and within the town generally.
  • Use environmentally “safe” methods for grounds maintenance and avoid the use of environmentally harmful pesticides.
  • Promote the use of composting and oppose the use of peat based products from non-sustainable sources.
  • Encourage the community to keep the town litter, dog excrement and graffiti free.
  • Involve the community in protecting and enhancing open spaces, trees, waters and hedgerows by encouraging the development of local nature conservation strategies and the residents groups to support them.
  • Promote cycling, walking and the use of public transport.
  • Monitor the Council’s performance in accordance with the Environmental Charter by an annual audit.