All About Recycling in Mid Sussex

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What day is my recycling collected?

What can I put in my recycling bin?

Items for recycling in your blue lidded  bin should be:

  • Clean – free from food leftovers
  • Dry – keep recycling bin lid shut and ensure any side waste is dry
  • Loose – no plastic bags

You have a blue lidded wheelie bin for your recycling at home.

You can put the following in your blue lidded recycling bin:

For more detailed lists of what we can and cannot take for each of the above materials please click the relevant link. Please note there will never be an all  inclusive list of items as there are so many products available. Please look for mention of the most similar packaging that you have, or if you are unsure contact us.

If you find you have extra recycling that will not fit in your bin, please leave it beside your bin either in a cardboard box that can be recycled, or a box that can be easily emptied. But please don't let it get wet as we cannot recycle wet cardboard and paper. As everything is mixed together anything that is wet can affect the cardboard and paper.

If you frequently have extra recycling we may be able to supply an extra recycling bin.

The most common things placed in recycling bins that cannot be accepted in Mid Sussex

  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic film such as from around magazines and bubble wrap
  • Shredded paper
  • Paper towels
  • Crisp packets and biscuit wrappers
  • Wood
  • Pet food pouches
  • Polystyrene
  • Clothes and textiles

Find out what happens to your recycling after it is collected.

Recycle for West Sussex - all about recycling across West Sussex.

Other things you can recycle - but not in your kerbside bin:

  • Batteries

    The UK generates 20,000-30,000 tonnes of wasted general-purpose batteries every year, but less than 1,000 tonnes are recycled. The energy needed to manufacture a battery is on average 50 times greater than the energy it gives out.

    All batteries contain one or more toxic heavy metals, such as nickel cadmium, alkaline, mercury, nickel metal hydride and lead acid, and  these materials can harm the environment if not properly disposed of.

    Thankfully, it is now possible to recycle household (non-lead acid) batteries, including batteries from toys, electrical appliances, phones, calculators etc which might contain the following: Nickel Cadmium, Nickel Metal Hydride, Lithium, Lithium Ion, Silver Oxide, Zinc Carbon and Mercury Oxide.

    Batteries can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Sites at East Grinstead and Burgess Hill.

    Some high street stores also offer battery recycling facilities e.g. Currys & Robert Dyas

    Batteries can also be recycled at Sainsbury's bring sites at East Grinstead and Haywards Heath.

    Alternatively, try to use rechargeable batteries, buy solar powered or clockwork equipment.

  • Books

    There are book banks across at  recycling bring sites across Mid Sussex. Old books can also be taken to local charity shops or placed in your recycling bin.

  • Clothes and Shoes

    A report from WRAP estimates that UK consumers have around £30 billion worth of clothes which they haven't worn for a year hanging in their wardrobes. They also found in the last year alone we left a staggering 1.7 billion items unused in our wardrobes!

    Please recycle old clothes and textiles. You can do this by:

    • Take them to charity shops who will accept clothes and shoes in good condition for resale.
    • Place them in a textile bank at a local bring site.
    • Take them to your local Household Waste Recycling Site and placed them in a textile bank.

    Please ensure clothes and shoes are clean, dry and bagged before placing them in the textile banks. Clothes and shoes that still have some life left in them will be sorted and sent for reuse in the UK and in developing countries. Old and well-worn clothing will be recycled by shredding and used in the "flocking" industry as car seat filler. Textiles should be bagged up before placing in the clothing banks

    Shoes

    Each year in the UK, over 260 million pairs of new shoes are purchased by shoppers and it is likely that an equal quantity of old, damaged or unwanted shoes are also thrown out into our rubbish bins. Most of these discarded shoes will end up in landfill sites, where they do not usually bio-degrade and take up valuable landfill space, adding to the ever growing mountain of waste.

    Recycling shoes helps the environment and saves resources

    Shoes which would have ended up in landfill sites can be re-conditioned, re-used or recycled. Shoes that can be reconditioned and reused are sold to companies and individuals in the Third World and Eastern Europe who repair and refurbish the shoes, then selling them on at affordable prices to local people. Shoes that cannot be refurbished are stripped and the materials are recycled.

    Shoe banks are dotted around at Mid Sussex recycling points.

    Shoe collection points are also to be found in some shoe shops and charity shops across Mid Sussex. Please ask your local shoe shop.

    If you are a school, an organisation or business and wish to have your own shoe recycling collection box, please contact the European Recycling Company

  • Computers and CDs

    Computers

    You can take computers, printers and scanners to your local Household Waste Recycling Site for recycling.

    Please don't put them in your rubbish bin. They contain hazardous components including are zinc, cadmium, copper, chromium, mercury, manganese and arsenic.

    Over 95% of the components in computers can either be reused or recycled. 

    CDs and DVDs

    CDs, DVDs, and their plastic cases can be recycled at your local Household Waste Recycling Sites look out for a special wheeled bin. The materials are separated and recycled. Cases and CD's are pelletized, then end up as egg cartons and car parts.

    CD and DVD Recycling Factsheet (54.21KB pdf)

  • Cooking Oil

    You can take your used cooking oil to be recycled at Household Waste Recycling Sites at East Grinstead and Burgess Hill. This new recycling service is for householders ONLY to recycle their used cooking oil.

    Please bring the used cooking oil in plastic bottles and the used cooking oil can be deposited in special containers on site. The plastic bottle can then be recycled in the appropriate container. A maximum of 5 litres per visit can be accepted.

    The used cooking oil will be recycled to produce a fuel, which can then be used to generate electricity.

  • Electrical Items

    Electrical and electronic equipment such as cookers, refrigerators, washing machines, freezers, microwaves, lawn mowers, vacuum cleaners, toasters and other similar items, can be recycled if you take it to your local Household Waste Recycling Site

    Electrical and electronic equipment is also known as WEEE – this stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. WEEE is anything that is powered by plugging it into the mains or by batteries.

    Electrical items must not be thrown away with your rubbish as they often contain substances which are hazardous and they must be disposed of in a controlled environment.

    They also contain lots of valuable materials such as metals, plastic and glass, which can be recycled into new products.

    Any electrical items, whether it’s as small as an electric toothbrush or as big as a fridge freezer, can all be recycled at your local Household Waste Recycling Site.

    We can also collect electrical item from your house as a bulky waste collection. There is a charge for this service.

  • Fluorescent Tubes, Lamps and Long-life Bulbs

    The mercury from one fluorescent tube can pollute 30,000 litres of water beyond a safe level for drinking! Fluorescent tubes are now considered to be hazardous waste. However, if disposed of correctly, the components from spent fluorescent tubes such as mercury, glass, aluminium and brass can be recycled and reused in industry.

    Fluorescent lighting can be disposed of safely in the special containers provided at the permanent Household Waste Recycling Sites.

    Long life bulbs may also contain mercury vapour which, if disposed of incorrectly, can cause harm to the environment. These can also be disposed of at Household Waste Recycling Sites & signage is in place to this effect. If these bulbs are handed in at the sites they will be sent for recovery to a specialist facility and therefore the environmental impact is minimised.

    Long life bulbs can also be recycled at Sainsbury's bring sites at Haywards Heath and East Grinstead.

  • Food Waste

    In the UK we throw away 6.7 million tonnes of food each year, this equates to about a third of the food we buy.

    Take a look at our food waste pages to find out how you can reduce your food waste - Food Waste

     

  • Furniture and Household Appliance Recycling

    If you have unwanted furniture or household appliances please take a look at our page about how you can recycle them.  Furniture and Household Appliance Recycling

  • Glasses (spectacles)

    Next time you buy a new pair of glasses, remember to ask your optician if they'll take back your old pair for recycling. It is estimated that there are 200 million people in the developing world whose quality of life would be drastically improved if they owned a pair of glasses.
    Unwanted glasses can be taken to either Dolland and Aitchinson opticians or Help the Aged stores.
    You can also send spectacles in good condition (they do not take broken frames or bifocals) to the charity Vision Aid Overseas, 12 The Bell Centre, Newton Road, Manor Royal, Crawley, West Sussex. RH10 2FZ .

  • Plastic Bags

    Introduced just over 25 years ago, we now use almost 1 million plastic bags per minute across the world! 12 million Barrels of oil are used to make the plastic bags each year for just U.S. consumption. Plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtle and other marine animal deaths every year when animals mistake them for food. Every Plastic bag we throw away stays buried in the ground for up to 500 years before it finally breaks down!

    In Mid Sussex we do not currently have a route for recycling plastic bags  but most supermarkets including Tesco & Sainsbury who now run a recycling service. Ask in your local supermarket or other retail outlets for more information.

    Try to reuse bags whenever possible and refuse unnecessary bags.  Each high quality reusable bag you use has the potential to eliminate an average of 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime.  
  • Polythene

    Polyprint can recycle printed and unprinted polythene wrappers and bags from any source, provided all the paper labels, tape, sticky residue, food remnants and foreign objects have been removed.
    Post your polythene to:

    Mackintosh Road, Rackheath Industrial Estate, Rackheath, Norwich. NR13 6LJ Tel: (01603) 721807 Website: Polyprint

  • Printer Cartridges

    Most printer and toner cartridges can be easily recycled or refilled.

    Each laser cartridge that is recycled conserves the equivalent of about one litre of oil.

    Toner cartridges for laser printers, photocopiers and plain paper fax machines can't be refilled, however, most types of toner cartridge can be re-manufactured. The cartridges are sent to a factory where they are completely dismantled and cleaned, any worn parts are replaced and then they are refilled with fresh toner.

    Ink Jet Cartridges are much simpler items - refilling is much easier. A number of companies supply the ink and refilling equipment.

    Some companies also take back their own cartridges for recycling. Check the packaging for details of where to send.

    There are a number of local organisations and charities who collect printer / toner cartridges. Many charities collect toner cartridges and receive in the order of £1 - £3 for each cartridge donated.

    When sending your cartridges for recycling, protect each cartridge as best you can - pack it away in its original casing or pack away in the covering or box that is removed from the new cartridge.

    Local printer / toner cartridge recycling points

    • Age Concern shops
    • Cancer Research shops
    • Oxfam shops
    • Scope shops
    • Sainsbury's larger stores
    • Cartridge World
      • Take your used printer / toner cartridge into the shop for refilling / remanufacturing.
    • Recycle 4 Charity
      • Recycle 4 Charity provide boxes and bags to collect both cartridges and mobile phones for re-conditioning and recycling. Money raised is donated to various charities. 
  • Mobile Phones

    In the UK over 77% of the population have at least one mobile phone. Consumers in the UK are replacing these approximately every 18 months. This means that over 15 million people are replacing their phones each year in the UK alone. Most of these phones are in good working order and could significantly benefit those in developing nations where the costs of phones is still very high.

    Mobile phones also contain a number of substances including precious metals and some potentially hazardous materials. They are completely harmless until they are thrown in landfill where they degrade and can cause damage to the environment.

    Please recycle your old mobile phone.

    Many charities and shops will take phones for recycling, for example - Scope, Oxfam and Tesco.

    Rainbow Trust - provide envelopes for sending in old mobile phones. Funds raised are used to provide vital emotional & practical help to families who have a sick child.

    Recycle 4 Charity

    Redeem is a company that can start up collections on behalf of charities.

    Envirofone will recycle your phone and you may get some cash in return.

    Geek Squad will also take your mobile phone for recycling.

  • Textiles

    Clothes and Shoes

    A recent report from WRAP estimates that UK consumers have around £30 billion worth of clothes which they haven't worn for a year hanging in their wardrobes. They also found in the last year alone we left a staggering 1.7 billion items unused in our wardrobes!

    Please recycle old clothes and textiles. You can do this by:

    • Take them to charity shops who will accept clothes and shoes in good condition for resale.
    • Place them in a textile bank at a local bring site.
    • Take them to your local Household Waste Recycling Site and placed them in a textile bank.

    Please ensure clothes and shoes are clean, dry and bagged before placing them in the textile banks. Clothes and shoes that still have some life left in them will be sorted and sent for reuse in the UK and in developing countries. Old and well-worn clothing will be recycled by shredding and used in the "flocking" industry as car seat filler. Textiles should be bagged up before placing in the clothing banks.

    Shoes

    Each year in the UK, over 260 million pairs of new shoes are purchased by shoppers and it is likely that an equal quantity of old, damaged or unwanted shoes are also thrown out into our rubbish bins. Most of these discarded shoes will end up in landfill sites, where they do not usually bio-degrade and take up valuable landfill space, adding to the ever growing mountain of waste.

    Recycling shoes helps the environment and saves resources

    Shoes which would have ended up in landfill sites can be re-conditioned, re-used or recycled. Shoes that can be reconditioned and reused are sold to companies and individuals in the Third World and Eastern Europe who repair and refurbish the shoes, then selling them on at affordable prices to local people. Shoes that cannot be refurbished are stripped and the materials are recycled.

    Shoe banks are dotted around at Mid Sussex recycling points.

    Shoe collection points are also to be found in some shoe shops and charity shops across Mid Sussex. Please ask your local shoe shop.

    If you are a school, an organisation or business and wish to have your own shoe recycling collection box, please contact the European Recycling Company

  • Toys

    There is a bank for recycling old toys at Burgess Hill Household Waste Recycling Site. Examples of toys that can be put in the bank include: cuddly toys, board games, jigsaw puzzles, plastic toys (such as dolls and Lego), and wooden toys. You can also take toys to charity shops.

    Please don't put toys in your recycling bin.

  • Water Cartridges

    Please don't throw your old water filters away.

    You can send them to Brita Water Filters, for recycling, in batches of 6:

    Brita Care Customer Services
    Brita Water Filter Systems Ltd.
    Freepost TK1917
    Sunbury on Thames
    TW16 5BR.

    Or take them to Infinity Foods, North Road, Brighton.

    Some Tesco stores also have points for water filter recycling.

  • Video and Cassette Tapes

    Sadly these are difficult to recycle and this cannot be done locally.

  • How can I recycle my disposable BBQ?

    Disposable BBQs can pose a fire risk and must be treated with care. Please ensure your BBQ is fully extinguished before putting it in your rubbish bin. Disposable BBQs cannot go in your recycling bin.

  • Wood

    You can take wood to your local Household Waste Recycling site. Please do not put in your recycling bin.

     

 

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