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Make sure you’re a sun-sational recycler this summer

Posted on 23 July 2015

Summer holidays in West Sussex can mean lots of lovely days out in the countryside or by the seaside.

Whatever your plans, you can still play your part to help avoid creating a small mountain of rubbish by recycling much of your summer waste.

Here in West Sussex, your plastic bottles and household containers (such as pots, tubs and trays), glass bottles and jars, metal cans and aerosols, foil, cartons, paper and card can all be recycled via your kerbside collection – provided they are clean, dry and loose!

That includes your empty plastic sun cream and after sun bottles, packaged salad trays, yoghurt pots, burger trays and ice cream tubs.

And don’t forget those aerosol containers. Empty insect repellent, anti-perspirant deodorants and antiseptic sprays can all be added to your household recycling.

David Barling, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “We are lucky to live in a county that has so much to offer and I know many families will be getting out and about over the summer holidays.

“While there are lots of things to enjoy here, we do need your help to ensure West Sussex’s countryside remains beautiful for the years to come.

“That’s why we want to make sure we are recycling as much as we can. From the plethora of plastics to a host of other materials – your household recycling collection can take more than you think.

“So if you are having a picnic, why not collect your empty bottles, tubs and trays and bring them home with you? Give them a quick rinse in your washing up water and once they’re dry, pop them in your recycling bin.”

To find out more about recycling in West Sussex – including information about what you can and can’t put in your household collection – please visit