Do Your Bit For The Environment This Recycle Week

As part of the national Recycle Week campaign, West Sussex residents are being given advice on what can and can’t be recycled in the home.

22,000 tonnes of materials which could have been recycled are thrown away every year in West Sussex, costing the taxpayer £2.5million to dispose of as waste.

Some recyclable items that are commonly missed around the home include: 

  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays (any colour, including black plastic)
  • Card (corrugated and non-corrugated)
  • Newspapers, magazines and other recyclable paper
  • Shampoo and shower gel bottles
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Cans and aerosols 

Residents are also reminded that their recycling should be: 

  • CLEAN – free from food and drink leftovers – a quick rinse will do.
  • DRY – keep your recycling bin lid shut – soggy paper and cardboard can’t be recycled and can clog up machinery when sorted.
  • LOOSE – not tied up in plastic bags.  

This reminder comes during a county-wide campaign fronted by 10-year-old local school girl, Mia, which aims to cut the confusion around recycling.

Previous campaigns include ‘Think before you throw’ which highlighted the amount of recycled materials which end up in rubbish bins and provided guidance on how residents can recycle them instead of throwing them away.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Environmental concerns have never been so important and reducing our waste and improving recycling wherever possible are simple steps which we can all do to help.

“I know so many residents are doing a great job when it comes to recycling. But it’s easy to forget exactly what can and can’t be recycled so we want to take this opportunity as part of Recycle Week to remind people what can go into their kerbside recycling bins in West Sussex.”

The County Council has launched a survey to coincide with Recycle Week to find out how much residents know about what can and can’t be recycled and how they would like to receive information in the future. People can take part by visiting :

For more information about Recycle Week, visit:

Watch the ‘Mia Recycles’ videos here: 

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