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What we can recycle

Recycles - Adur & Worthing Recycles

Find out what you can (and can't) recycle:

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Things you can recycle: Mixed paper and card

Mixed paper and card (WRAP logo banner)

Green tick - yes pleaseWe can recycle:

  • Cardboard
  • Cards - birthday, Christmas, etc
  • Catalogues
  • Cereal boxes
  • Egg boxes
  • Envelopes
  • Food packaging sleeves
  • Junk mail (please remove any plastic film as this cannot be recycled)
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Paper
  • Telephone directories
  • Yellow Pages
  • Wrapping paper - but only if it is non-shiny

Note: Please ensure that you only put clean and dry cardboard and paper in your recycling bin at home, and please remove bows, ribbons and sellotape before putting it in your recycling bin at home.

Red cross - no thank youWe can't recycle:

  • Padded envelopes (Jiffy bags)
  • Paper towels
  • Photographs
  • Shiny / foil / metallic wrapping paper

Shredded paper: any paper for recycling must not be shredded - as it jams our equipment! Shredded paper can go in your home garden composter or be taken to your local tip (Household Waste Recycling Sites).

Pizza boxes: cannot be recycled as they generally have food remains in them and grease/oil soaked into them.

Books: you can recycle old books at your local tip (Household Waste Recycling Sites) or take them to charity shops.

Please remember - all items for recycling must be:

  • CLEAN: free from food and drink leftovers - this will also help to stop your bin from smelling
  • DRY: keep your recycling bin lid shut - soggy paper and cardboard can’t be recycled and can clog up machinery when sorted
  • LOOSE: not tied up in plastic bags
  • If possible squashed flat (you can then get more in your bin and we can get more into our recycling collection vehicles and make fewer trips)

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Things you can recycle: Metal cans and aerosols

Metal cans and aerosols (WRAP logo banner)

Green tick - yes pleaseWe can recycle:

  • Aerosol cans (empty):
    e.g. hairspray, deodorant, air freshener and spray polish cans
  • Biscuit tins
  • Drinks cans
  • Food cans
  • Pet food cans
  • Sweet / chocolate tins

  • Metal lids from bottles and jars
    Yes, but please take these off the bottle or jar and place them loose in your recycling bin

See also: Foil and foil trays below

Note: For safety reasons please do not try to squash or pierce aerosol cans.

Red cross - no thank youWe can't recycle:

  • Baking trays
  • Batteries
  • Electrical items
  • Garden tools
  • Gas canisters
  • Knives
  • Metal/wire coat hangers
  • Paint tins
  • Printer cartridges
  • Saucepans
  • Utensils

However, a lot of these items can be recycled at your local tip (Household Waste Recycling Sites).

You can also recycle your household batteries at most supermarkets and high street shops that sell batteries.

Please remember - all items for recycling must be:

  • CLEAN: free from food and drink leftovers - a quick rinse and wash out will do (this will also help to stop your bin from smelling)
  • DRY: keep your recycling bin lid shut - soggy paper and cardboard can’t be recycled and can clog up machinery when sorted
  • LOOSE: not tied up in plastic bags
  • If possible squashed flat (you can then get more in your bin and we can get more into our recycling collection vehicles and make fewer trips)
  • See Wash, squash and recycle (below)

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Things you can recycle: Plastic bottles, containers and packaging

Plastic bottles and containers (WRAP logo banner)

Green tick - yes pleaseWe can recycle:

  • All plastic bottles, eg:
    • drinks bottles
    • milk bottles
    • shampoo and conditioner bottles
    • washing detergent bottles
  • All plastic pots, eg:
    • cream pots
    • cottage cheese pots
    • yoghurt pots
  • All plastic tubs, eg:
    • biscuit or sweet tubs/tins
    • ice cream tubs
    • margarine tubs
    • cosmetics tubs
    • washing detergent tubs
  • All plastic food trays, eg:
    • food trays (clean)
    • meat trays
    • fruit trays
    • microwave trays
    • plastic tubs and trays from biscuits, sweets and chocolates
  • All plastic pot & tub lids, eg:
    • cream pot lids
    • margarine tub lids
  • Easter egg packaging
  • Takeaway food containers
  • Medicine Packaging / 'blister' packaging

Red cross - no thank youWe can't recycle:

  • Plastic bottle tops
  • Plastic carrier bags
  • Bread bags
  • Food bags
    eg salad bags, frozen veg bags, frozen chip bags, etc
  • Plastic film / wrap
  • Bubble wrap
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic coat hangers
  • Plastic toys
  • Printer / ink cartridges
  • Garden plastics
    e.g. Plant pots, seed trays, tools, etc

However, you may also be interested in: Recycling in Lancing: a local charity that can recycle a lot of plastic items such as:

  • Baby food or yogurt pouches
  • Beauty products
  • Biscuit wrappers
  • Coffee pot disks / pouches
  • Confectionery wrappers / pouches
  • Crisp packets
  • Milk bottle lids
  • Pens
  • Pet food pouches
  • Plastic bottle trigger sprays
  • Toothbrushes
  • and more ...

Please remember - all items for recycling must be:

  • CLEAN: free from food and drink leftovers - a quick rinse and wash out will do (this will also help to stop your bin from smelling)
  • DRY: keep your recycling bin lid shut - soggy paper and cardboard can’t be recycled and can clog up machinery when sorted
  • LOOSE: not tied up in plastic bags
  • If possible squashed flat (you can then get more in your bin and we can get more into our recycling collection vehicles and make fewer trips)
  • See Wash, squash and recycle (below)

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Things you can recycle: Foil - tin foil and foil containers

Foil (WRAP logo banner)

Foil trays (WRAP logo banner)

Green tick - yes pleaseWe can recycle:

  • Aluminium foil / tin foil

  • Aluminium foil / tin foil containers (clean)
  • Takeaway food containers (clean)

Red cross - no thank youWe can't recycle:

  • Crisp packets
  • Dirty foil
  • Shiny / foil / metallic wrapping paper
  • Food pouches (baby food, yoghurt, etc)
  • Pet food pouches
  • Soup pouches

However, you may also be interested in:

  • Recycling in Lancing: a local charity that can recycle a lot of plastic items such as:
    baby food or yogurt pouches; beauty products; biscuit wrappers; coffee pot disks/pouches; confectionery wrappers/pouches; crisp packets; milk bottle lids; pens; pet food pouches; plastic bottle trigger sprays; toothbrushes; and more ...

Please remember - all items for recycling must be:

  • CLEAN: free from food and drink leftovers - a quick rinse and wash out will do (this will also help to stop your bin from smelling)
  • DRY: keep your recycling bin lid shut - soggy paper and cardboard can’t be recycled and can clog up machinery when sorted
  • LOOSE: not tied up in plastic bags
  • If possible squashed flat (you can then get more in your bin and we can get more into our recycling collection vehicles and make fewer trips)
  • See Wash, squash and recycle (below)

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Things you can recycle: Cartons (tetra paks)

Cartons - tetra paks (WRAP logo banner)

Green tick - yes pleaseWe can recycle:

Cartons are often called tetra paks

  • Fruit juice cartons
  • Long life milk cartons
  • Milk cartons
  • Smoothie cartons
  • Soup cartons
  • Other cardboard cartons

Red cross - no thank youWe can't recycle:

  • NOT the plastic tops/lids on cartons or tetra paks

Please remember - all items for recycling must be:

  • CLEAN: free from food and drink leftovers - a quick rinse and wash out will do (this will also help to stop your bin from smelling)
  • DRY: keep your recycling bin lid shut - soggy paper and cardboard can’t be recycled and can clog up machinery when sorted
  • LOOSE: not tied up in plastic bags
  • If possible squashed flat (you can then get more in your bin and we can get more into our recycling collection vehicles and make fewer trips)
  • See Wash, squash and recycle (below)

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Things you can recycle: Glass bottles and jars

Mixed Glass bottle and jars (WRAP logo banner)

Green tick - yes pleaseWe can recycle:

  • Beer bottles
  • Coffee jars
  • Food jars
  • Glass bottles (any colour)
  • Jam jars
  • Sauce bottles/jars
  • Wine bottles

Note: Metal lids from bottles and jars can be recycled, but please take these off the bottle or jar and place them loose in your recycling bin.

Red cross - no thank youWe can't recycle:

  • Kitchen glassware
    eg glass dishes or bowls, Pyrex, etc
  • Drinking glasses
  • Glass vases
  • Microwave proof glass
  • Milk bottles
  • Mirror glass
  • Oven proof glass
  • Paperweights
  • Window glass

  • Spectacles (glasses)

  • Lightbulbs
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • LED lightbulbs
  • Low energy Lightbulbs

  • Ceramics
  • Crockery

Note: These have different chemical properties to 'normal' bottle/jar type glass.

Please remember - all items for recycling must be:

  • CLEAN: free from food and drink leftovers - a quick rinse and wash out will do (this will also help to stop your bin from smelling)
  • DRY: keep your recycling bin lid shut - soggy paper and cardboard can’t be recycled and can clog up machinery when sorted
  • LOOSE: not tied up in plastic bags
  • If possible squashed flat (you can then get more in your bin and we can get more into our recycling collection vehicles and make fewer trips)
  • See Wash, squash and recycle (below)

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Recycling other items

To find out how to dispose of any item please view Recycle for West Sussex's Recycling A to Z.

If you are unable to take items yourself to a Tip (Household Waste Recycling Site), then our Bulky waste collection service for a fee will be able to help you out.

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

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Did you know?

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.

Bottle and cans

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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.

If after washing and squashing your bin is still full, you can take excess recyclables to any one of the 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).

For a full list of materials that can be recycled in West Sussex visit the Recycle for West Sussex website.

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