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Recycling at home

In West Sussex you can recycle a whole range of items in your recycling bin. All the recycling placed in your recycling bin at home will be sorted and separated at the Ford Materials Recycling Facility (MRF).

Please place all items in your recycling bin:

CLEAN - free from food and drink leftovers
DRY - keep your recycling bin lid shut
LOOSE - no plastic bags

What can I put in my recycling bin?

For further information about the different materials that can go in your recycling bin, please click on the materials listed on the left hand side under 'Your Kerbside Collection'.

You can click here to download and print a handy list to stick on the fridge to remind you of what you can put in the recycling bin!

Why do I have to clean my items before putting them in the recycling bin?

All items put in your recycling bin should be clean, a quick rinse will do. Items that have leftover food on them or liquid in them can ruin the quality of the other recycling put in your recycling bin. This can then ruin the rest of the recycling in the recycling lorries and at the MRF. Items that are covered with leftover food and drink cannot be recycled.

Why does my recycling have to be kept dry?

It is important that your recycling is kept dry and your recycling bin lid is kept closed. Please place all items in your recycling bin dry, please ensure no wet paper or cardboard goes in your recycling bin and that all your cans and bottles are empty first. If your recycling gets wet, the paper and cardboard will become soggy and glass will stick to the wet paper and cardboard, meaning these items cannot be recycled. Also during the process at the MRF, wet paper and cardboard will stick to the MRF machinery and clog up the system.

Recycling and Rubbish Bin Collections - If you have any enquiries about the collection of your recycling/rubbish bins or garden waste collection services in your area, please contact your local district or borough council for information. Please click here for contact details.