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Top tips for a summertime of easy recycling

Posted on 10 July 2013

The summer's upon us, which means garden parties, picnics and barbecues! But don't forget to ensure your recycling is 'clean, dry and loose'!

All glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, cans, paper and card collected from your recycling bin at home go to the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Ford where they are mechanically sorted and separated, then sent on to manufacturers who turn them into something new.

But all your efforts to recycle could literally go to waste, if your recyclables are wet, dirty or tied up in plastic bags.

West Sussex County Council, in conjunction with the District and Borough Council collection authorities and Viridor - the County Council's recycling and waste handling contractor - have launched some top tips to help residents recycle better this summer:

- If you're having a barbecue this summer, try placing a container in the garden for people to pop in their loose empty drink cans and bottles. Don't forget to make sure they are totally empty first

- Use washable plates and cutlery rather than plastic knives, forks and paper plates which can't be recycled

- Paper plates, which have leftovers on them, can't be recycled as they are dirty

- If cooking burgers and sausages on the barbecue - don't forget you can recycle the outer card layer! The plastic inner trays cannot be recycled

Please ensure that everything placed in your recycling bin is:

CLEAN - free from food and drink leftovers

DRY - make sure the cans and bottles are empty, and don't forget to shut your bin lid in case it rains!

LOOSE - no need to tie your recycling up in plastic bags

West Sussex County Council's Cabinet Member for Residents' Services, Lionel Barnard, who has responsibility for waste minimisation, said: "We have the prospects for a wonderful summer of picnics and barbecues this year, but we would like to ensure  that we recycle properly. I would like to thank residents for the continued efforts at recycling their waste this year in West Sussex.

"To ensure that we keep this up and continue to recycle more, we all need to take a little extra care when we recycle after a party or barbecues. It is important to put all your items in for recycling clean, dry and loose"

Please click here for a handy leaflet that you can print and stick on the fridge as a reminder of what you can put in your recycling bin at home.