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Household refuse collection service

Electrical and electronic goods must not be put in your refuse bin for collection, instead they should be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Site (Tip).

Garden waste must not be put in your refuse bin for collection, instead you should apply for the garden waste service or purchase a garden waste sack.

  • Refuse is collected from all households weekly
  • Most houses have a wheelie bin for their refuse which has a dark grey/black lid and is embossed with one dot
  • Please note that only waste placed in the wheelie bin will be collected - no additional 'side waste' is accepted (exceptions apply: immediately following bank holidays; or during periods of snowy/icy weather due to missed collections)

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Putting your refuse out for collection

Refuse wheelie bins have grey lids

Please ensure that all items you put out for collection are contained within your wheelie bin.

Your household waste must be put out on the front boundary of your property close to the pavement in a clearly visible location (or in your bin store if that's where it's normally collected from) ready for collection by 6:30am on the morning of your collection day.

Please avoid blocking paths or other public areas.

Additional waste not contained within the wheelie bin will not be accepted and may cause a littering nuisance if attacked by animals and/or birds.

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Too large for collection?

You can:

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Too hazardous for collection?

For details on how to dispose of items such as asbestos, gypsum and plasterboard please see our hazardous waste page.

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Request a larger refuse wheelie bin

Please Note:
If you require a bigger or larger bin for your household refuse, we can supply one in certain special circumstances.
We don't supply households with a larger bin if there are fewer than five people resident unless there are exceptional circumstances.

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Babies nappies take up a lot of space in your refuse wheelie bin and are also environmentally unfriendly.

Have you considered trying the Real Nappy Initiative?

Modern cloth nappies are less expensive and good for your baby as well as being environmentally friendly:

  • about eight million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in the UK
  • most of these end up being buried in landfill sites
  • we all have to pay for this waste to be disposed of
  • it is becoming more expensive as we run out of holes to fill

Good for your baby

Modern cloth nappies have come a long way since the old-style terry that required lots of pinning. They are available now in a wide range of sizes and styles and are shaped, fitted and fasten easily without the need for pins.

Great for your pocket

You could save up to £500 per child by using washable nappies. They have biodegradable liners which can be flushed down the toilet and the nappies can be washed in a normal washing machine, with no boiling or scrubbing necessary.

Excellent for our environment

Disposable nappies make up approximately five per cent of all household rubbish. In West Sussex, we are throwing away 77,000 disposable nappies every day. Almost all nappy waste is buried in landfill sites, producing methane which is a powerful greenhouse gas.

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For information and advice about nappies and reducing their impact on the environment see:

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For business advice please contact the Recycling, Refuse and Waste team (see contact details right).

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