Find out about recycling in West Sussex


Find out about recycling items beginning with the letter F. Includes fireworks, foil, food and fridges.

Last updated:
4 September 2020
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1 Fire extinguishers

If you have a fire extinguisher you need to dispose of, please take it to your local Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) where there are specific designated cages for fire extinguishers to be placed in.

Please hand it to a member of site staff. The extinguishers are taken away by a specialist contractor who decommissions and disposes of them appropriately.

2 Fireworks

  • Fireworks cannot be accepted at household waste recycling sites.
  • Fireworks should not be placed in your bin as it is against the law and could accidentally ignite.
  • Never try to dispose of a firework on a fire.

As the holder of a firework, you have a duty of care to ensure its safe disposal. First assess whether the firework is damaged, if it is not damaged the best thing to do is follow the advice from the Chief Fire Officer’s Association:

‘The safest way of dealing with a firework, that is complete and undamaged, is to function it in accordance with the instructions provided with the firework.’

If the firework is out-of-date, or appears or is damaged, submerge the firework in a bucket of water for at least 48 hours. You don’t want it to dry out as it might become more dangerous. If you have out-of-date or damaged fireworks they can be extremely dangerous.

It is against the law to dispose of fireworks in your bin (Explosives Act). You could try contacting the place where you originally bought the fireworks as they may operate a 'take back' scheme. Alternatively contact the manufacturer for disposal advice on how the fireworks can be disposed of safely – their details should be on the box.

Please ensure your safety by following the Health and Safety Executive's guidance.

3 Flammable chemicals

If you need to dispose of small quantities of any flammable chemicals then please take them to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) and give them to a member of staff who will place them into the flammable vault container.

4 Flares

Out-of-date or damaged flares can be extremely dangerous. Flares can kill so it's important to bring them ashore as soon as possible to be disposed of safely.

It's against the law to use flares in a non-emergency situation or dump them at sea. You also must not discard them irresponsibly.


  • put flares in carrier bags or drop them in general household rubbish or public litter bins
  • leave flares on the doorstep of coastguard rescue equipment stores, sector bases or Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat houses
  • dump them anywhere where members of the public could come across them
  • take them to a household waste recycling site - this will present a significant hazard to staff and other site users.

If you have out-of-date or damaged flares, first contact the place where you originally bought the flares. They may operate a 'take back' scheme. If not, contact your local Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC), who will advise you on how the flares can be disposed of safely.

You'll need to tell the MRCC:

  • how many flares you have to dispose of
  • how old they are
  • what condition they are in.

The MRCC will then help you make arrangements to take your flares to a licensed disposal site.

To find your local disposal site and contact number, see the GOV.UK website.

5 Fluorescent tubes

Fluorescent tubes and low energy light bulbs are classed as hazardous. However, you can recycle them by taking them to your local Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS).

Fluorescent tubes and low energy light bulbs contain mercury which needs to be treated and disposed of in a controlled and safe environment.

These items also contain valuable materials such as glass and metals which can be recycled into new products if they are taken to the HWRS for recycling.

7 Food

Please do not put food leftovers in your recycling bin at home. Leftover food and liquid will ruin the quality of the materials put in your recycling bin and can prevent it being recycled, therefore undoing all your good efforts to recycle more.

8 Food and drink cans

See Cans

9 Fridges and freezers

You can recycle your fridges and freezers by taking them to your local Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS).

10 Furniture

Furniture is accepted at all Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS).

What the item is made from will determine what container or bay it should be deposited in to be recycled.

For example a wooden table can be recycled in the wood container or bay.

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