Find out about recycling in West Sussex

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Find out about recycling items beginning with the letter A. Includes acid, aerosol cans, aluminium and asbestos.

Last updated:
7 October 2020
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1 Acid

Acid is classed as hazardous waste and needs to be disposed of separately from general waste items.

Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) accept acid in small quantities (25 litres) where special containers are provided.

If you require further assistance, please ask a member of staff at the site or for further information please contact Waste Management Services on 01243 642106.

2 Aerosol cans

These are items such as deodorant, hairspray and air freshener cans.

These can be recycled at home in the recycling wheelie bins or placed in the plastic bottles, cans and glass bottles and jars containers at the Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS).

These are typically recycled into new cans.

For safety reasons please do not try to squash or pierce the cans.

3 Aluminium foil and containers

You can recycle aluminium foil and foil containers in your recycling bin at home.

Items for your recycling bin

Yes please:

  • aluminium foil
  • aluminium foil containers

No thanks:

  • crisp packets
  • cat food pouches
  • soup pouches
  • dirty foil
  • foil wrapping paper

Please ensure that all foil and foil containers are clean and free from any food leftovers before putting them in your recycling bin.

4 Antifreeze

Antifreeze is classed as hazardous waste and needs to be disposed of separately from general waste items.

Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) accept antifreeze in small quantities (25 litres) where special containers are provided.

If you require assistance then please ask a member of staff at the site or for further information please contact Waste Management Services on 01243 642106.

5 Apples

Please dispose of your apples in your general household waste bin or place them in your home composting bin.

Do not put into your household brown/green waste bin or the household waste recycling site's green waste bin. The facilities where your green waste is recycled are controlled by the Animal By-Product Regulations which restrict the materials they accept.

6 Appliances

Broken and unwanted electrical appliances can be recycled at your local Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS).

Any items that require batteries or need to be plugged into the mains to work are classed as WEEE. This stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

WEEE contains materials such as metals and plastics which can be recycled. However these items must not be placed in your recycling bin at home. Please take any unwanted and broken WEEE to your local HWRS.

Your local HWRS will accept a wide variety of WEEE for recycling such as toasters, microwaves, electric toothbrushes, lawn mowers, hairdryers, fridges, washing machines, power tools and so on.

7 Asbestos

Asbestos is classed as hazardous waste, so needs to be disposed of with care.

There are many different types of asbestos that may be found around the home. The only type of asbestos accepted at some of the Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) is cement bonded asbestos, which may be found in items such as garage roofing sheets or down pipes.

Fibrous asbestos materials (such as pipe and boiler lagging, sprayed coatings, insulation boards and fire stopping materials) are not accepted at Household Waste Recycling Sites. For information on these materials, please see the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website or phone them on 0300 003 1747.

Instructions for disposal

For health and safety reasons the material must be double wrapped or double bagged in 1000 gauge polythene.

Once the asbestos has been double wrapped or double bagged, it must be sealed with tape. Bags and sheeting can be purchased from a builder's merchant or DIY store. A maximum of 200kg of this cement bonded asbestos will be accepted at any of the sites listed below: 

Please phone the site before visiting to check there is sufficient space available within the asbestos containers.

If you have a large amount of asbestos to dispose of you will need to arrange for this to be disposed of through a private contractor, for which you may be charged.

Due to the potential hazard of the material, employees are not required to assist members of the public depositing asbestos.

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