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Is there room to add to your recycling?

Posted on 18 June 2015

There’s more to recycling than just bottles, containers and cans.

The theme for this year’s Recycle Week (Monday 22 June to Sunday 28 June) is ‘recycling around the home’ and West Sussex County Council is challenging you to think about all the items you could be recycling in your home.

As well as your kitchen why not take a look around your lounge, bathroom and bedroom – there are lots of things that you could add to your regular household collection, including:

• Magazines;
• Newspapers;
• Plastic pots, tubs and trays;
• Cardboard boxes;
• Empty aerosol cans;
• Plastic shampoo bottles; and
• Moisturiser pots.

These can all be recycled at home by simply placing them in your recycling bin – along with aluminium foil, plastic bottles, drinks cans, glass bottles and jars.

However, all items should be ‘Clean, Dry and Loose’ – that means they should be free from food and drink leftovers, and containers should be empty and not gathered up in plastic bags or boxes.

David Barling, the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “Here in West Sussex, we can recycle more than ever before but it’s important that we aren’t overlooking other rooms in the homes.

“There are lots of items in our bathrooms, our living rooms and our bedrooms that we often forget to add to our recycling.

“So when you are next gathering up your recycling from your kitchen, why not make a quick stop in the other rooms to make sure you are recycling as much as you can – every little helps!

“But to avoid seeing your efforts go to waste, please take a moment to make sure they are clean, dry and loose first.”

Items which cannot be collected at the kerbside, such as CDs and DVDs, batteries, wood, cooking oil, electrical items, gas bottles and unwanted clothing, can all be taken to Household Waste Recycling Sites in West Sussex.

To help you find out more about recycling in West Sussex, the County Council’s Waste Prevention Advisors will be at County Mall in Crawley throughout Recycle Week .

Comprised primarily of volunteers, the team will be on hand each day to talk about recycling, answer any questions you may have, as well as give hints and tips on how to reduce waste.

For more information about what you can recycle, as well as where to find your nearest Household Waste Recycling Site, visit