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Recycling tips for summer trips

Posted on 3 July 2014

The school holidays are almost upon us – and whatever your plans, home or away, you can still make a difference to your environment.

Whether you’re staying home or taking a break with the family, you can help to avoid creating a small mountain of rubbish by recycling much of your summer waste.

And the Recycle for West Sussex team has some top tips to help you.

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, via your kerbside collection, provided they are clean, dry and loose.

That includes your empty plastic sun cream and after sun bottles – as well as packaging for many other toiletries – just rinse them out first.

Heading off on a camping trip? Many of the devices we take with us, like torches, radios, lights, hand held games consoles, run on batteries.

Spent batteries shouldn’t be placed in your rubbish bin, instead they should be taken to special containers at your nearest recycling centre. Disposing of them properly means their metal components can be recycled. Alternatively, why not choose to use rechargeable batteries wherever possible?

Similarly, don’t just bin your camping gas canisters. They are explosive and should be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Site. Click here to find your nearest site.

If you’re eating al fresco, whether camping or just a picnic, choose to reuse. It’s far better to put food into re-usable containers rather than wrapping it in plastic film or foil. Why not also consider using reusable plates and cutlery instead of buying disposable products that can’t be recycled? And don’t forget to dispose of your picnic waste responsibly by taking it home with you.

Lionel Barnard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “Many families will be getting out and about over the summer holidays.

“But we need your help to keep our West Sussex countryside beautiful.

“By being responsible with your waste and recycling or reusing what you can, you can play your part.”

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