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What's in your recycling?

Posted on 17 June 2014

It’s National Recycle Week (16 to 22 June) – but do you know what you can recycle in West Sussex?

It’s more than you probably think.

There are lots of items that can be recycled in West Sussex through the kerbside collection, such as aluminium foil, cartons, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, drinks cans, empty aerosol cans and dry paper and cardboard.

Many bathroom items, such as shampoo bottles and deodorant aerosols, can also be recycled too.

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

It is much cheaper to send materials for sorting and recycling, than it is to dispose of rubbish and the better the quality of the items collected for recycling (clean, dry and loose correct items) – the better value for money the service provides.

Over 40% of all household waste in the county is now recycled – which is great news for the environment: not only does recycling reduce the amount of landfill, but it also has a much lower carbon footprint than other types of waste disposal.

Lionel Barnard, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “Recycling is easy to do, but it isn’t simply a case of throwing anything into your kerbside collection container.

“As well as making sure you are adding suitable items, it is also vital to ensure everything is always clean, dry and loose, otherwise your hard work and good intention could be wasted.”

Items which cannot be collected at the kerbside, such as batteries, cooking oil, electrical items and unwanted clothing, can be recycled at Household Waste Recycling Sites across West Sussex.

For more information on what you can recycle, and to find your nearest Household Waste Recycling Site, please visit

For further information please contact Eleanor Frost on 0330 22 22509 or email.

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