What we can recycle
Items for recycling must be:
- Rinsed, washed out and dried, so they are clean (this will also help to stop your bin from smelling)
- If possible squashed flat (you can get more in your bin and we can get more into our recycling collection vehicles and make fewer trips)
- Put out clean, dry and loose in your recycling wheelie bin or box
- See Wash, squash and recycle (below)
Paper and card
Metal cans and aerosols
Plastic bottles and containers
Note: any paper for recycling must not be shredded - shredded paper jams our equipment! Shredded paper should be taken to your local tip
Pet food cans
Empty aerosol cans
Metal lids from wine bottles and jam jars
But NOT paint tins, saucepans, electrical items, garden tools, utensils, gas canisters, batteries
All plastic bottles
All plastic pots
All plastic tubs
All plastic food trays
All plastic pot and tub lids
But NOT plastic bottle tops
Cartons (tetra paks)
Glass bottle and jars
Aluminium foil / tin foil
Aluminium foil containers (clean)
Takeaway food containers (clean)
But NOT crisp packets, cat food pouches, soup pouches, dirty foil and foil wrapping paper
Fruit juice cartons
Long life milk cartons
Other cardboard cartons
But NOT their plastic tops/lids
Note: Metal lids from wine bottles and jam jars can be recycled, but please take these off the glass bottle or jar and place loose in your recycling bin
Things you can't recycle:
Plastic film/wrap, glassware/crockery, food, food waste, items contained in bags, nappies, general rubbish, shredded paper, polystyrene, plastic bottle tops, and plastic carrier bags.
No thanks - all these items should be placed in your grey lidded REFUSE bin.
To find out how to dispose of any item please view Recycle for West Sussex's Recycling A to Z.
Small changes can make a difference and if every household in Adur and Worthing recycled ...
- 1 additional squash bottle per week the Council could save over £13,000 per year. These can be recycled into: bin liners, carrier bags, plastic bottles, flooring & window frames, insulation board, fencing & garden furniture, water butts, garden sheds, composters, seed trays, fleeces, fibre filling for duvets, pillows etc and a variety of office accessories
- 1 extra cola can per week, in one year could save over £7,000 on landfill tax
- Recycling just one extra wine bottle per month would save over £26,000. These can be recycled into new bottles and jars or used for road surfaces
- Aluminium foil, trays and aerosols are recycled into new cans and car parts
There is an ultimate cost of tax passed on to the council tax payer for every tonne of waste which goes to landfill. The benefit of diverting the expected tonnages of materials will avoid disposal fees over the coming years, money which could be used to provide benefits to the community.
Remember to wash and squash before you recycle to make the most of the space in your home recycling bin.
Residents across West Sussex are being reminded to wash and squash before they recycle.
The call comes as recent changes to recycling collections across West Sussex mean that residents can put even more items in their home recycling bins.
Plastics including yoghurt pots, ice cream tubs and fruit and vegetable trays can now go into the recycling bin along with plastic bottles. It is estimated that an additional 4,000 tonnes of plastic will be recycled in the county each year as a result of the changes.
But more recycling means more items to fit in the bin.
If after washing and squashing your bin is still full, you can take excess recyclables to any one of the 11 household waste and recycling sites across the county.
You can find your nearest household waste recycling site, or your closest Household Waste Recycling Sites (tip), or for a full list of materials that can be recycled in West Sussex visit the Recycle for West Sussex website.
Contact Recycling, Refuse and Waste
Recycling, Refuse and Waste
Adur & Worthing Council Services,
9 Commerce Way,
Lancing Business Park,