Find out about recycling in West Sussex


Find out about recycling items beginning with the letter B. Includes batteries, BBQs, building materials and bulky waste.

Last updated:
6 January 2021
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1 Batteries

Car batteries

You can take your old car batteries to your local Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) for recycling. These will be placed in special containers at the site.

The lead in car batteries is a valuable resource, and the battery cases can be recycled into new plastic products.

Please do not empty the battery before taking it to your local HWRS. This must be done in a controlled environment to avoid risk of contaminating land and water supplies.

Household batteries

You can recycle your household batteries by placing them in a designated container at your local Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS).

Batteries contain heavy metals such as cadmium and zinc, and must not be placed in your rubbish bin or your recycling bin at home.

You can also recycle your batteries at supermarkets and high street shops that sell batteries.

If you use lots of batteries, why not look into using rechargeable batteries?

2 BBQs - Disposable

Disposable BBQs must be fully extinguished.

It is advised to wait at least 48 hours before wrapping the cold coals in aluminium foil and disposing of them in the general waste.

Alternatively cold and fully extinguished BBQs can be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS). Please ask for assistance from a member of staff on site regarding their disposal.

3 Bicycles (bikes)

You can take your old bicycles to your local Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) where they can be recycled for scrap metal.

If the bicycle is still in good condition, you can try and donate it to charity.

4 Biscuit tins

Metal biscuit tins can be placed in your recycling bin at home.

Plastic tubs and trays from biscuits and chocolates can also be recycled at home.

5 Blister packs

You can recycle plastic blister packs for tablets in your recycling bin at home.

6 Books

You can recycle your old books at your local Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS).

There are special containers on the sites for unwanted books. Books placed in these containers will be sent for reuse.

7 Building, construction and demolition materials

Household construction and demolition waste includes:

  • rubble
  • bricks
  • fencing
  • doors
  • window frames
  • plasterboard
  • breeze blocks
  • stones
  • soil
  • turf
  • ceramic/porcelain bathroom fittings
  • tiles
  • masonry

This can be disposed of at your local Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS).

Site exceptions:

  • Bognor Regis does not accept soil, hardcore or plasterboard
  • East Grinstead does not accept plasterboard
  • Midhurst only accepts wood.

Charges for DIY-type waste were suspended on 11 April 2017.

Residents are permitted to dispose of up to 200kg of household construction and demolition waste.

If you are undertaking a major DIY project that will produce a large amount of hardcore waste, you may need to make disposal arrangements of your own, such as hiring a skip, delivering the waste to a private waste facility or contacting your local district or borough council for more information.

8 Bulky waste

Bulky waste includes items such as furniture and white goods can be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS).

Some district and borough councils can help you dispose of bulky household waste items. There may be a charge for this service.

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