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West Sussex residents thanked for recycling efforts

Posted on 8 July 2015

Recycling is continuing to rise in West Sussex ever since household plastic containers were accepted in kerbside collections from the start of April.

And West Sussex County Council is thanking residents for the success.

More than 1250 tonnes of plastic bottles and containers have been processed at the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Ford during the three month period from March until the end of May.

It’s an increase of around 200 tonnes compared to the same period last year, when 1037 tonnes of plastic material was processed at the plant, which is run by Viridor.

David Barling, the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “Once again, I am impressed by way people in West Sussex have embraced plastic recycling.

“It is outstanding and I would like to say a huge thank you on behalf of my colleagues – both here at the County Council and at the District and Borough Councils.

“We are very proud to be part of a community which is so committed to making our county greener.

“And we can always do more – why not take a look around your home today and see what else you might be able to recycle?”

Of the 1250 tonnes, around 166 tonnes is from household plastic containers – such as clean ready meal trays and yoghurt pots - which previously were unable to be recycled.

However, there has also been an increase in the amount of plastic bags and film being received at the MRF.

David added: “Plastic bags cannot be recycled at the facility due to the automated sorting machinery. Some supermarkets have recycling points for plastic bags, but why not try to avoid using plastic bags for shopping and instead use reusable fabric bags, or ‘bags for life’.

“Plastic bags are just one of the unwanted things that pass through the plant which take considerable time, resources and money to be removed.

“Last year 342 tonnes of unwanted plastic bags and film passed through the MRF which equates to over 730,000 plastic bags per week!

“That’s just one reason why it’s absolutely important that we ensure the right items are being collected and taken to the MRF for processing and that we continue to make sure that those are clean, dry and loose.”

To find out more about plastic recycling in West Sussex, including what can and can’t be included in your household collections, please visit