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Recycling doesn’t just begin in the kitchen

Posted on 15 April 2015

Recycling starts at home, and for most people that means the kitchen. But now West Sussex County Council is reminding residents to look beyond the fridge to help recycle even more plastic in West Sussex.

There are lots of everyday products that, once finished can be put in the recycling bin instead of going out with the rubbish.

And that’s never been more true than now as the recycling service in West Sussex has been expanded to include household plastic pots, tubs and trays. These new items are collected in addition to plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars, metal cans and aerosols, cartons, paper, card and foil.

Whilst pots, tubs and trays are items usually associated with yoghurt, ice cream, margarine and ready meals, there are plenty of health and beauty products that come in these recyclable containers.

Shower gel, shampoo, moisturiser, make up pots, hair gel, mouthwash – many of these come in plastic bottles or pots that are perfect for recycling. They just need a quick rinse out and time to dry before they go in the recycling bin.

David Barling, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “For most of us the majority of plastic we use is in the kitchen, but it’s just as important to think about other rooms in the house. It’s easy to forget about shower gel and shampoo bottles as we don’t use them up as frequently, but it’s still just as important to recycle them.

“Just remember to give them a quick rinse out first. If you finish the shampoo why not give it a rinse out in the shower? Not only will you get all of the product out of the bottle and make the most of your suds, you’ll be making sure it is nice and clean before you put it in the recycling bin.

“And don’t forget, we’re still collecting glass, cardboard and aerosols, so those empty perfume bottles, deodorant cans and cardboard toilet roll tubes can still go in the recycling bin as well.”

To find out more about recycling in West Sussex, including what can be placed in household recycling bins, please visit

From 1 April plastics that can be accepted in household recycling are:

• Milk and drinks bottles (without tops)
• Bathroom bottles such as shampoo, bubble bath, liquid soap and bathroom cleaner bottles
• Laundry/detergent bottles and tubs
• Yoghurt, cream and soup pots
• Ice cream and margarine tubs
• Cosmetic pots and tubs
• Food and ready meal trays
• Fruit and vegetable punnets
• Plastic container lids such as those used on coffee jars

Plastic that cannot be put in household recycling:

• Plastic carrier bags and plastic film
• Expanded polystyrene
• Plant pots and seed trays
• Plastic toys
• Plastic furniture

Other bathroom items that can be recycled:
• Cardboard such as toilet roll tubes, tissue boxes, cardboard packets from products like toothpaste boxes.
• Aerosol cans including shaving foam, hairspray, deodorant, air freshener cans