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What we can recycle

Accepted items from domestic household collection

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 (we can then get more into our recycling collection vehicles and make fewer trips)
  • Put out clean, dry and loose in your recycling wheelie bin or blue box
  • See Wash, squash and recycle (below)

We can only accept the following in household recycling collections. If it is not stated here, we do not accept it:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Aluminium foil
  • Aluminium food and drinks cans
  • Aluminium food trays
  • Bathroom bottles (no lids please)
  • Biscuit tins or boxes: cardboard, metal and plastic biscuit 'tins' can all be recycled
  • Bleach bottles (no lids please)
  • 'Bottle shaped' plastic bottles (no lids please)
  • Brochures
  • Cardboard (eg ready meal sleeves, toilet rolls, etc)
  • Cardboard boxes (these should be flattened and/or cut down to fit in your recycling bin or box, eg: cereal boxes, soap powder boxes, larger cardboard boxes from mail order deliveries, etc)
    • Loose cardboard should not be put out alongside your recycling bin as when it gets wet it cannot be recycled. Any cardboard found like this will be collected by the refuse crew
    • Alternatively, if you have any very large cardboard (or a large quantity of cardboard) you can put it in the special skip for recycling cardboard at your local tip (Household Waste Recycling Site)
  • Catalogues
  • Christmas pudding bowls
  • Cosmetic pots and tubs
  • Cream pots
  • Detergent bottles (no lids please)
  • Drinks bottles (no lids please)
  • Envelopes
  • Food and ready meal trays
  • Fruit and vegetable punnets
  • Fruit juice cartons
  • Gift wrapping paper from birthday or Christmas presents
  • Glass bottles (all colours)
  • Glass jars (all colours)
  • Greetings cards (birthday cards, Christmas cards, etc)
  • Ice cream tubs
  • Juice cartons
  • Junk mail
  • Laundry/detergent bottles and tubs (no lids please)
  • Long life milk cartons
  • Magazines
  • Margarine tubs
  • Milk bottles (no milk bottle lids please)
  • Milk cartons
  • Newspapers
  • Paper - please see the important note below ...
  • Plastic bottles and containers
  • Plastic container lids (such as those used on coffee jars)
  • Plastic pots tubs and trays
  • Shampoo bottles (no lids please)
  • Soup cartons and pots
  • Steel food and drinks cans
  • Telephone directories
  • Tetra Pak cartons
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Yellow Pages

Please note: any paper for recycling must not be shredded - shredded paper jams our equipment! Shredded paper should be taken to your local tip

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Items we can't take

But there are still a few plastic items that you can't add to your household recycling collections. These include:

  • Plastic carrier bags and plastic film
  • Expanded polystyrene
  • Plant pots and seed trays
  • Plastic toys, and
  • Plastic furniture

Have you considered donating unwanted large items to charity (clothing, furniture, books, CDs, DVDs, etc)?

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Recycling other items

For all other items please see the A to Z of Recycling.

Have you considered donating unwanted large items to charity (clothing, furniture, books, CDs, DVDs, etc)?

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Wash, squash and recycle

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.

David Barling, West Sussex County Council's Cabinet Member for Residents' Services, said:

“We're really grateful to residents for embracing these changes and helping us to recycle even more plastic in West Sussex.

“Recycling more does mean that our recycling bins fill up more quickly, so it's more important than ever before to wash and squash. It's quick and easy to do - after you've given your items a quick rinse out simply squash them, either with your hands or under your foot, so that they take up less space.

“And don't forget, it's not just plastic pots, tubs and trays that can be squashed to make the best use of space. Drinks cans, plastic bottles, boxes and cartons can all be squashed to reduce the amount of space they take up, leaving even more room to recycle at home.”

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.

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