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Site staff inspire West Sussex residents to recycle for Christmas

Posted on 20 December 2013

Staff from recycling contractor Viridor have made a short Christmas-themed film to promote recycling in West Sussex.

The fun film features a choir singing their take on the 12 days of Christmas, though their version features lines such as “On the first day of Christmas West Sussex recycled for me … an Alan Partridge DVD.”

The film is designed to encourage people to use their Household Waste Recycling Sites by having a good clear-out of unwanted items during the 12 days leading up to the start of festivities.

Most of West Sussex County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs), which are operated by Viridor, are open seven days a week (apart from Midhurst which is closed on Sundays). All sites are closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Viridor’s Education and Customer Relations Manager, Jen Hake said: “We really want to make recycling as easy as possible for people each and every day and especially at Christmas. This year our site staff have truly embraced the Christmas spirit by making this short, fun film about recycling over the festive season to highlight some of the more unusual everyday household items our sites will accept for recycling.”

Each HWRS offers a wide range of containers to help customers recycle as much of their waste as possible.  Items such as TVs, wood, metal, electrical items, old saucepans and even used cooking oil can all be deposited for onward recycling as well as many other items not accepted as part of residents’ kerbside collection services.

Lionel Barnard, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents Services, said: “This Christmas is likely to lead to a lot of items being thrown out - from old computer games or unwanted CDs to old kettles, for instance – but don’t forget these can all be recycled.

“It’s surprising the amount of material that can be recycled.  Please remember that not all of it can go into your kerbside recycling bin, but it will be accepted at your local Household Waste Recycling Site.

West Sussex’s recycled rendition of ‘the 12 days of Christmas’ song can be viewed on this website's home page or on YouTube at:

You can also follow Viridor on Facebook page: and on Twitter: @ViridorUK.