Be green on Black Friday

PR2195/ED/MF - 22/11/2018

Mid Sussex District Council is encouraging bargain hunters who will be making the most of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals this weekend to make sure they recycle their packaging when everything arrives in the post.

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year in the UK and millions of savvy shoppers will be jumping online to try and grab the best deals when retailers announce their sales.

In 2017, UK consumers spent a huge £1.4 billion on online sales in the UK on Black Friday, up some 11.7% on the previous year according to online retailers trade body IMRG. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are fast becoming the new Christmas for electricals with a surge in consumers also chasing a fashion bargain according to PWC.

The number of gifts now being bought online is dramatically increasing the amount of packaging arriving through letter boxes at home. Most Amazon orders are now packaged entirely in cardboard and many other online retailers use recyclable materials for their packaging.

Mid Sussex District Council is reminding local people to recycle all the cardboard packaging from their online purchases in their blue lidded recycling bin. Residents can also recycle the moulded plastic packaging that often protects gifts such as toys, headphones, electricals and tools. If replacing an electrical item or used batteries these should be disposed of at the nearest Household Waste Recycling Site and not placed in the general waste bin as they are classed as hazardous waste. Retailers selling batteries are also legally obliged to provide collection points for used ones.

“Lots of people will be looking to grab a bargain or two when the Black Friday sale starts on 23 November and we want residents to help us recycle as much of that packaging as possible,” said Councillor Gary Marsh, Cabinet Member for Service Delivery. “If you have more recycling than you can fit in your bin then you can leave the excess in a box alongside for collection but please only do this if the weather is dry. If it rains and the cardboard gets wet then it will cause problems at the sorting facility and won’t be recycled.”

It’s important to remember that bubble wrap, soft plastic wrappings, plastic bags and polystyrene cannot be recycled and should be placed into the black rubbish bin.

Full details of what can and cannot be placed in the recycling bin can be found online at