- Each household has two wheeled bins, a blue lidded one for recycling and a black lidded one for general rubbish.
- We collect one bin each every week, so one week we collect the recycling bin and the next we collect the general rubbish bin.
- Please ensure your bin is at the edge of your property, at the point nearest the highway, by 7am on the day of collection.
- Bin lids must be closed to allow for collection.
- For properties that are unable to accommodate wheeled bins we have an alternative in place.
- Flats and communal homes may have differing collection facilities depending on the circumstances.
- Recycling and Rubbish Service Leaflet
- All about recycling in Mid Sussex
- What can I put in my recycling bin?
- Please do not place the following in your general rubbish bin:
- Garden waste
- Electrical goods
- Paint or household chemicals
- Business waste
- Soils, rubble or brick
- Please take these to your local household waste and recycling site
- Recycle for West Sussex - what's happening County wide - and all about local household waste recycling sites.
How does the rubbish and recycling collection work in Mid Sussex?
I only generate 1 or 2 carrier bags of waste a week, can I have a smaller bin?
Smaller bins can be provided free of charge. Full details on small bins can be found here.
My property has a blue bag landfill waste collection, I am running out of bags - can I get a new supply?
Properties that are unable to house wheeled bins may have been put on a blue bag collection for landfill waste. The allocation is for up to 5 bags per collection (every other week). When you are running short of bags please contact our Customer Services Team on 01444 477440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a further supply. Please allow two weeks for delivery.
- Can you help elderly or infirm residents who are unable to move a wheelie bin to the boundary of their property?
What about garden waste?
Mid Sussex District Council provide a service for Mid Sussex residents through which garden waste can be collected from the kerbside.
What plastics can I recycle in my recycling bin?
- 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)
- What about food and kitchen waste?
- What happens to my recycling?
- How do I recycle items that I can't leave at the kerbside?
- My bin wasn't collected what should I do?
What about the future of waste management in West Sussex?
A new waste treatment plant for West Sussex is now open, run by Biffa on behalf of West Sussex County Council. The plant takes all the black bag general waste from households across West Sussex.
Find all about it here http://www.westsussexwaste.co.uk/
What about mercury?
Disposal of mercury (e.g. very small amount contained in a jam jar) follows the same route as other hazardous chemicals at the Household Waste Recycling Sites. Please ensure that it is transported in a secure, contained manner and speak with a member of staff on site who will place it in the appropriate container on your behalf.
Does the law say how often the Council should collect my waste?
No. Local authorities have a statutory duty to make arrangements to collect household waste but the law does not specify how often this must be done. Under Section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council can stipulate the types of containers and the steps householders must take to manage their waste materials correctly.
Will the Council impose fines if a resident puts the "wrong" waste in their wheelie bins?
No, we believe that easy to understand information for residents is better than imposing fines.
We are a large family - what if my bin cannot hold two week's rubbish?
With dedicated recycling, less household waste will need to go in your rubbish bin. We are confident that with simple techniques like squashing containers, the bins will offer adequate capacity for most households
For those with large households, who can show that they recycle yet find the landfill bin not large enough, we may be able to provide a second bin. Please contact us.
What happens if I have any extra waste / I need another bin?
If you have extra rubbish, for example following a family party, you should take it to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre (tip).
If you regularly have extra recycling we can provide you with a second recycling bin.
We cannot take rubbish which is not contained in a MSDC bin.
Please contact us
Telephone: 01444 477440
My bin has gone missing / my bin is broken, what should I do?
If one of your bins has gone missing, or your bin is broken please contact us:
- Telephone: 01444 477440
- Email: email@example.com
Is it a health hazard to collect household rubbish, including food waste, on alternate weeks?
The Wycombe Report (published March 2007 from independent research commissioned by the Government), found no evidence that alternate weekly collection causes any adverse health impacts. Please follow the guidance on our Hygienic Storage of Waste pages.
- I live in a flat with communal refuse & recycling bins.
I have young children in nappies, how do I cope with the extra waste, and the smell?
To minimise any potential odour problems, ensure all used disposable nappies are sealed in a bag such as a nappy sack prior to placing them in your landfill bin. If you are struggling to cope due to the quantity of nappies produced, re-usable nappies could be an alternative.
If you have 2 children in nappies you may be eligible for an extra bin until your situation changes.
Can I use a Rubbish Ram?
The Rubbish Ram is a metal frame, which has been designed to compact waste in wheeled bins and then folds down over the rear of the bin for storage. If a bin is found with a Rubbish Ram attached we will not attempt to empty the bin for the following reasons:
- The metal ram on the back of the bin may be lost into the freighter during emptying or may come off the bin, potentially causing damage to the vehicle / bin lift or injury to operatives. Collection crews will not be responsible for removing a Rubbish Ram in order to empty the bin.
- Compacting of household or garden waste in bins may result in overweight bins that cannot be emptied. Compaction of waste may also result in the waste at the bottom being squashed onto the bottom of the bin; and this waste may then be left in the bin.
- Bins provided by the Council should be sufficient. The use of a rubbish ram does not encourage waste reduction. If you are finding that you do not have sufficient capacity in your rubbish bin please contact us.