Plastics

Yes and No list of plastic recycling that we have been asked so far

Plastic recycling across West Sussex

Watch a video of the journey of plastic collected for recycling across West Sussex

Yes please

 

  • Milk and drinks bottles
  • Bathroom bottles
  • Laundry/detergent bottles & tubs;
  • Yoghurt, cream & soup pots
  • Ice cream & margarine tubs;
  • Cosmetic pots & tubs
  • Food & ready meal trays
  • Fruit & vegetable punnets
  • Plastic container lids (such as those used on coffee jars)

Please place your recycling in your bin: clean, dry and loose (not in bags or boxes).

No thank you

  • Plastic film
  • Soft plastic wrappers such as crisp packets, sweet and biscuit wrappers
  • Plastic carrier bags/sacks
  • Polystyrene
  • Plant pots and seed trays
  • Plastic toys
  • Plastic furniture
  • Coat hangers
  • Hard plastic buckets, bowls and baskets

Plastic Recycling FAQs:

  • Should I put my recycling in plastic bags before putting them in the recycling bin?

    No. Please do not put your recycling in plastic bags before putting them in your recycling bin. The sorting plant is unable to tear open plastic bags.

  • Why can't I put plastic bags in my recycle bin?

    Please do not put your recycling in plastic bags before putting them in your recycling bin. The sorting plant is unable to tear open plastic bags. Please place your recycling in your bin: clean, dry and loose (not in bags or boxes).

    The only plastic you can put in your recycling bin across West Sussex  is plastic bottles and containers.

    The best solution is to not use plastic bags for shopping and instead use reusable fabric bags, or ‘bags for life’. Some supermarkets have recycling points for plastic bags.

  • I've noticed numbers on plastic items; does this mean they can be recycled?

    No. These numbers, or sometimes letter abbreviations, will just tell you what type of plastic the item is made from. Unfortunately they do not serve as reliable indicators to show if the plastic item can be recycled or not

  • What about wrappers?

    Wrappers from things like crisps, biscuits and sweets are made of soft plastic that we are unable to recycle.

    Although all plastics are recyclable what we can take is dictated by the facilities available to us and manufacturers who can use the end product (this will vary from area to area), it has to be an economically and environmentally viable option. Recycling this type of plastic is harder and the end product is in less demand and consequently there are very few local authorities that are currently able to collect and process this soft plastic.

    If you are not sure if your wrapper is foil or plastic try the scrunch test. Scrunch up the wrapper in your hand and let go, if it unwraps itself it is plastic and we can' take it. If it stays scrunched it is foil and we can take it.

  • Can I put polythene magazine wrappers in my recycling bin?

    We cannot recycle these in our kerbside bins.

    You can send clean polythene wrappers to Polyprint for recycling for details contact - Polyprint tel: 01603 721807

  • Can I put my bleach bottles in my recycling bin?

    Yes. Please rinse these out first and try to get them as empty as possible.

  • What can I do with bottle tops?

    Larger container lids such as those from coffee jars, peanut butter jars, fabric conditioner etc. can go in your blue lidded recycling bin.

    Plastic bottle tops, milk bottle size or smaller, can't go in your recycling bin. The machinery which sorts the recycling is automatic and initially involves all material passing through a large revolving drum (it’s called a trommel). This allows the small heavy pieces of glass to fall through onto a conveyer belt below the drum. Small bottle tops fall through the trommel and get mixed with the glass which makes it difficult to process. Small tops that make it through the other end of the trommel are too small to be processed correctly by the sorting machinery.

    Save your small plastic bottle tops to raise funds for the Hurstwood Park League of Friends. For example small plastic bottle tops from bottles such as milk, water, soft drinks, shampoo.  Please ensure they have been washed.

    There are collection points at:

    • The Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath - there is a green dustbin in reception on the right just past the coffee shop and also in the Hurstwood Park foyer.
    • Locks & Cobblers, Orchards Shopping Centre, Haywards Heath

    The collectors for Hurstwood Park appreciate it if you are able to check that your bottle tops have a recycling triangle inside them and have any of the following numbers: 02, 2, 04 or 4 inside them - but they can be very hard to see!

     

     

  • Should I remove my plastic bottle top before putting the bottle in my recycling bin?

    Yes. Please remove the tops before putting your plastic bottle in the recycling bin and do not put them in your recycling bin. If tops are left on the bottle, this can cause problems when the machinery sorts and separates your recycling. Plastic bottle tops should be placed in your rubbish bin or taken to a local charity collection as above.

  • I’ve noticed numbers on plastic items; does this mean they can be recycled?

    No. These numbers, or sometimes letter abbreviations, will just tell you what type of plastic the item is made from. Unfortunately they do not serve as reliable indicators to show if the plastic item can be recycled or not.

    Remember: In West Sussex we can only recycle plastic bottles, pots tubs and trays.

  • Why can’t I recycle other plastic items like plant pots, furniture and toys?

    After your recycling has been sorted at the sorting plant, the materials are delivered to manufacturers to be recycled into new goods.

    End-user markets for other types of plastics are limited and whilst the market situation may slowly be changing and a few plastic sorters are accepting other types of plastic, most reprocessors are still only able to recycle plastic bottles and containers.

    In West Sussex we want to be sure there are secure end-use markets available for the plastics we collect, preferably in the UK, and that we can be certain they will be recycled. So for now our message is simple, we only collect plastic bottles and containers.

    In partnership with Viridor, we continue to keep the markets for all recycling under review.

  • Can I put old chemical and oil plastic containers in my recycling bin?

    No. Please do not put these in your recycling bin. Old oil and chemicals can harm the sorting machinery and will ruin the quality of the other items in the recycling bin. These containers can be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Site.