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Score a hat-trick this summer - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Posted on 5 June 2014

This June, people are going football crazy as the 2014 World Cup kicks-off in Brazil. If you're hosting a World Cup party to celebrate, West Sussex County Council are asking people to remember the three 'Rs' - reduce, reuse and recycle - to avoid creating a small mountain of rubbish.

And to help you get started, the Recycle for West Sussex team have put together some tips and hints for your parties and barbecues.

In West Sussex, your glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, cartons, metal cans and aerosols, foil, paper and card can all be recycled at home provided they are dry, clean and loose – not wet, dirty or tied up in plastic bags.

That means when friends and family come over for the big match, it’s easy to avoid filling your rubbish bin.

You can make it even easier by providing a container for people to put empty cans and bottles in, saving you time on the post-party tidy up.

You could also consider using reusable plates and cutlery, rather than buying disposable products that can’t be recycled – saving the environment and your wallet at the same time!

To reduce the amount of wasted food, try to buy and cook enough for the number of people attending your party instead of cooking for the entire street.

County Council Cabinet Member for Residents' Services, Lionel Barnard, said: “We all dread clearing up after a party, even if it’s just a small group of people visiting to watch football.

“It’s very tempting to just throw everything in the bin when they leave, but actually it’s extremely easy to recycle in West Sussex."

“By following a few simple steps, you can stay on the ball and help us to reduce the amount of waste in the county – and that’s something we can all celebrate.”

For more recycling tips, visit or follow @westsussexwaste on Twitter.

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