Are you recycling all you can? We are asking all Mid Sussex residents to think about what they are putting in their household bins, so we can reduce the amount of waste produced and help reach our 2020 recycling target of 47%
Below are some alternative recycling options for items that can't go in your blue lidded household recycling bin.
Please note that MSDC review the information on this page on a regular basis. However, we cannot guarantee that all alternative recycling options will be available at the time of viewing this information. We advise that you check with the organisations that run the services directly before using a service or visiting a location.
There are numerous 'Bring Banks' located throughout the district that accept textiles, books and shoes. A list of locations and acceptable items can be found on our recycling sites page
Donate unwanted items to charity
You can donate clothes, shoes, books, toys, music, homeware and more at any local charity shop. Many also take "rags" that can’t be sold in their shops as they can still receive valuable income by selling on old textiles. You can search online for your nearest charity shop.
For larger items such as pre-loved furniture the following charities also provide collections.
FurniHelp Mid Sussex
A charity founded in 1998 to help people in need in Mid Sussex to furnish their homes.
The charity takes
- second hand furniture
- household goods
Equipment from donated items are made available to local people in need.
Tel: 01342 811755
St Peter & St James Hospice
Donate unwanted pre-loved furniture. In compliance with trading standards all beds or upholstered items, unless antique or vintage, must carry a fire label to prove they comply with fire regulations.
To arrange a collection then please contact the hospice.
St Peter & St James Hospice website
Tel: 01444 470205
British Heart Foundation
British Heart Foundation take the following goods
- electrical items
These can then be sold in one of their stores
British Heart Foundation website
Tel: 0808 250 0030
Local Recycling / Re-Use Groups
You can join local re-use networks and gift or receive reusable goods for free whilst helping to divert reusable goods from landfill.
There are local groups in Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath
There are local groups in Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath
There are also numerous local Facebook groups/community pages available where you can post items for recycling/re-use. Examples include:
- Burgess Hill & Haywards Heath shop local, recycle and help your local community
- Things for Sale/Swap or Free in East Grinstead
- Hassocks selling/buying group
Advice and tips
Lots of really good tips on food storage and using up leftovers.
Fantastic recipes for leftover food and money saving ideas on how to make your food shop go further.
Food waste apps
OLIO connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away. OLIO can also be used for non-food household items too.
Too Good To Go is a social impact company, building a movement that helps everyone to fight food waste together. Just download the Too Good to Go app and start rescuing delicious, unsold food from local cafes, stores and restaurants.
Terracycle is an innovative recycling company that recycle typically hard to recycle waste. Many leading brands such as McVities sponsor free recycling programmes through which you can earn Terracycle points which are redeemable for charitable donations to local schools or non-profit organisations.
The number of free recycling programmes is growing all the time. Here are some of the free recycling programmes that are currently available in Mid Sussex:
- Baby food pouches, caps and snack packets (ANY brand)
- Nuts, popcorn, crisps & pretzel packets / wrappers (ANY brand)
- Non savoury biscuit, cracker and cake wrappers (ANY brand)
- Oral care products and packaging (used toothbrushes (including electric heads), toothpaste tubes and plastic packaging (ANY brand)
- Personal care & beauty packaging (ANY brand)
- Writing instruments - pens, highlighters, correction fluid pots/tape containers, glue sticks, markers, felt tips (ANY brand)
- Confectionary wrappers, pouches and bags (ANY brand)
- Bread bags (ANY brand)
- Soft contact lenses and blister packs (ANY brand)
- Dishwashing, cleaning and fragrance flexible packaging (ANY brand)
- Plastic ring carriers (ANY brand)
- Air, Home and Laundry care packaging (ANY brand)
- Make-up, packaging (ANY brand)
You can register and set up a public or private drop off location for your Terracycle waste or alternatively check out the interactive map on the Terracycle website for existing collection points. Each registered drop off location can donate the Terracycle points to the charity of their choice. Details of local drop off points will be available to download soon so please check back here for the latest information.
If you are looking for alternatives to plastic bags for your weekly shop then look no further. You can get a delightful hand crafted Morsbag made out of donated material/fabric for free.
Visit the Morsbag website to find a local volunteer pod in Mid Sussex or if you fancy getting involved you can contact a local pod or start one of your own and get sewing! There are template bag patterns on the website and you can order labels to sew on your bags.
Everything is free and bags can be distributed directly or through local shops, libraries and schools.
Repair Cafés are free 'community-centred workshops' run by volunteers for local residents to bring consumer products in need of repair (such as bikes, small electricals, items of clothing and other household goods), where you can work together with volunteer fixers to repair and maintain broken or faulty products. In addition to repair, many Repair Cafés provide assistance with product modification, particularly to clothing to improve fit and appearance. The service is free, however donations towards running costs are appreciated. A café is usually available where you can enjoy a cuppa and a cake at the same time.
Burgess Hill repair café
Run on the second Saturday of every month at Salvation Army Hall, 40 Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill. For more information contact @BHRepairCafe on Facebook.
East Grinstead repair café
Run on the second Saturday of every month (10am – 1pm) at Glen Vue, East Grinstead.
Chailey repair café
Run on the second Saturday of every month (10am-1pm) at Chailey Parish Hall.
Although located just outside the Mid Sussex District, the repair café is open to local residents living nearby.
Community Wood Recycling
The Mid Sussex Wood Recycling Project are a Social Enterprise not for profit environmental group. They can collect wood from commercial enterprises and also undertake house, shed and garage clearances. Recycled timber and wood products can also be purchased.
Recycling for Schools and Charities
Plastic Milk Bottle Tops
Milk bottle tops are too small for recycling via our household recycling collections. If you would like to set up a plastic bottle top recycling scheme for your chosen charity or you are a company who could provide a recycling point where bottle tops can be collected in bulk contact GHS Recycling based in Portsmouth.
Printer & Toner Cartridges
The recycling factory have raised over £5 million for UK charities and also work with schools across the UK via their Recycling for Schools Scheme. Visit the Recycling Factory's website to find details of their partner charities and how you can recycle for them or how to raise funds for your local school.
Many leading brands such as McVities sponsor free recycling programmes through which you can earn Terracycle points by recycling typically hard to recycle waste. These points are redeemable for charity donations to local schools or non-profit organisations. Visit the Terracycle section above for further details.
Textiles & Shoes
Bags of Support is a Green Award winning organisation based in West Sussex that ethically recycle textiles. Schools, charities and organisations can raise valuable funds by collecting and recycling unwanted clothes, shoes and bedding which are collected for free.
Check out our textiles page for more information on repairing, re-using and recycling your textiles in addition to a handy guide on how to organise a successful swishing (clothes swap) event.
Plastic bags & films
Some plastic films can be recycled at supermarket carrier bag collection points. Look out for the 'Recycle with carrier bags at larger stores' message on your breakfast cereal, toilet and kitchen roll wraps, bread bags, grocery produce, multipack shrink wrap and newspaper / magazine wrap.
If you would prefer to use a re-usable fabric shopping bag look no further... just visit the Morsbag website.
All household batteries can be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) and placed in the designated container or recycle at all supermarkets and any shops or stores that sell batteries.
There is a national plant pot recycling scheme that all UK garden centres who are members of the Horticultural Trade Association have access to which is run by Ecogen Recycling. Check if your local garden centre is an HTA member and if they participate in this take back scheme. If not, why not ask them to participate?
B&Q also accept used plastic plant pots and trays in any of their stores, a small amount of soiling is acceptable.
What can you do with your old carpet? Visit the Carpet Recycling UK website for suggestions and further contact details
Mobile Phones & Tech
These can be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) or you can use websites such as Music Magpie who purchase old items and will donate proceeds to one of their chosen charities for you if you request it.
CD and DVD Recycling
These can be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS). Some charities offer a recycling service along with their ink cartridge recycling envelopes. You can also take them to your local charity shop or sell them via Music Magpie.
'Complete the Cycle' is an inhaler recycling and recovery scheme run by Glaxo SmithKline and Terracycle. Find your nearest participating pharmacy, hospital or dispensing doctor.
If you are aware of other community recycling initiatives within Mid Sussex we would love to hear from you.
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