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27 September 2018

Let's recycle more

Plastic bottles on the beach

It's National Recycle Week!

More of us are recycling thanks to programmes like Blue Planet II, yet 79% of all plastic ever created is still in the environment.

For National Recycle Week we’ve got a list of ten things that come in plastic packaging that you can recycle from your home.

Celebrating Older People's Day


Every year, to coincide with the international celebration on October 1 of the positive role older people play in improving communities and the lives of local people, activities are held across the county during September and October.

This year’s programme features more than 100 events including health walks, film screenings, lifestyle and information events, coffee mornings, history talks, arts and crafts and day trips.

Take at look at what's on near you.

Support for families rated as outstanding

Social worker with a young person

East Sussex County Council Children’s Services have been recognised with an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted.

The 'outstanding' rating was rated for the experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers, and the impact of leaders on social work practice, while the experiences of children who needed help and protection is deemed to be ‘good’.

When James’ children were taken into care, it was the relationships he built with social workers that helped him turn his life around.“I would not be the father I am today if it hadn’t been for the support from social services,” James told Your East Sussex. “Things have never been better and I know I have social services to thank for that.”

Hear more about James' experience with our social workers.

Get in our good books

Books on a shelf

Are you looking for a new book to read? Whether it's fiction, non-fiction, an audio book or a children's story, we've got you covered.

Grab a cuppa and get ready to settle down in a comfy corner as our lovely librarians bring you their top five reading recommendations each month.

From the newsroom


Changes to household waste sites are on the way. The changes include charges for the disposal of soil, tyres, asbestos, hardcore and plasterboard.

Music lessons to continue as further savings found. The much-valued music lessons for young people will continue after alternative savings were identified.

Youngsters make a splash thanks to cash boostYoung people with special educational needs have been taking to the water at an East Sussex activity centre – thanks to a donation from local charitable organisations.