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Hooray for pots, tubs and trays

Posted on 4 June 2015

West Sussex residents have been recycling their plastic bottles, tubs and trays by the bucket-load.

Around 834 tonnes of plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays have been collected in the county since March.

That’s an increase of more than 130 tonnes in comparison to plastic materials, including bottles and containers, collected during the same period in 2014 with just over 700 tonnes collected in March and April last year.

David Barling, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “I think we need to say a huge thank you to all of our recyclers across the county.”

“This is brilliant news and I am delighted to see people in West Sussex have been embracing the changes to our recycling service.”

“But we can always do more – it’s estimated that, nationally, plastic packaging makes up 11% of household waste so why not take a look around your kitchen and bathroom and see what else you could add to your recycling bin?”

“Cosmetic pots, detergent bottles and even plastic packaging for toys – it can all be added, along with your yoghurt pots and ice cream tubs.”

“But please do make sure they are clean, dry and loose before you add them to your recycling bin – that means free from food or liquid leftovers and not bundled up with other items in bags or boxes.”

Of the 834 tonnes worth of plastic bottles and containers collected in March and April, more than 187 tonnes has come from pots, tubs and trays which were not being collected for recycling prior to the change in service in West Sussex.

Recycled plastic can be transformed into lots of different things – including clothes, toys, kitchen utensils, pens and even garden furniture

Plastics that can be accepted in your recycling are:
• Milk and drinks bottles;
• Bathroom bottles;
• Laundry/detergent bottles & tubs;
• Yoghurt, cream & soup pots;
• Ice cream & margarine tubs;
• Cosmetic pots & tubs;
• Food & ready meal trays;
• Fruit & vegetable punnets; and
• Plastic container lids (such as those used on coffee jars).

But there are still a few plastic items that you can’t add to your household recycling collections. These include:
• Plastic carrier bags & plastic film;
• Expanded polystyrene;
• Plant pots & seed trays;
• Plastic toys; and
• Plastic furniture.

To find out more about recycling in West Sussex, including what can be collected in your household collection, please visit