Find out about recycling in West Sussex


Find out about recycling items beginning with the letter P. Includes packaging, paint, plastics and pumpkins.

Last updated:
28 January 2021
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1 Packaging

You can recycle many packaging materials in your recycling bin at home. These include paper and cardboard, foil, glass bottles and jars, metal cans, aerosols, cartons and plastic bottles. Although please don't put bubble wrap or polystyrene in your recycling bin.

Please place all items in your recycling bin:

  • clean – free from food leftovers
  • dry – keep recycling bin lid shut
  • loose – no plastic bags

Helpful packaging tips:

  • Try to buy lightly or non-packaged products
  • Avoid wasteful or gimmicky packaging
  • Refuse extra bagging where possible
  • Re-use carrier bags or use your own bags
  • Use products with refillable containers if possible

2 Paint

Paints can be accepted at your local Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS), however they are not recycled as there is no secure or sustainable routes to recycle paint.

Paints that are flammable should not be put into general waste. Always check the label on the tin, which will state if it is flammable or not.

Take old paints, in their containers, to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) and ask a member of staff for assistance. Any flammable substance will be placed into the hazardous waste containers. Water based paint can be deposited in the household rubbish containers. Paint cannot be put in your recycling bin at home.

3 Paper

Most paper and cardboard items can be put in your recycling bin at home.

Items for your recycling bin

Yes please:

  • newspapers and magazines
  • computer and office paper
  • phone directories
  • food packaging sleeves
  • greeting cards
  • egg boxes
  • cereal boxes
  • Yellow Pages
  • catalogues and brochures
  • wrapping paper
  • envelopes
  • junk mail (please remove any plastic film as this cannot be recycled).

No thanks:

  • shredded paper
  • metallic wrapping paper
  • paper towels

Please ensure that you only put clean and dry paper and cardboard in your recycling bin at home.

If you have larger bits of cardboard that does not easily fit in your recycling bin at home, please take them to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) for recycling.

Shredded paper cannot go in the recycling bin.

4 Petrol

Petrol can be disposed at your local Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS). Please note that the sites cannot accept quantities larger than 25 litres per visit. Customers are advised to bring their used petrol to site in a secure container.

When you arrive at site with your household unwanted petrol, please ask site staff for assistance as these must be kept locked in a secure container on site.

5 Photographs (photos)

Unwanted photographs cannot be recycled. This is because of the plastic coating on them and unfortunately there is no recycling facility available.

6 Plasterboard, plaster and gypsum based wastes

Plasterboard and gypsum based products cannot be deposited into the general waste or soil and hardcore containers at the Household Waste Recycling Sites in West Sussex (HWRS).

There are designated containers at the following HWRS for plasterboard, bagged plaster powder and gypsum products. These are:

Please note that hardened plaster cannot be accepted in these containers. If you have hardened plaster, please place it in the soil and hardcore containers on site.

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

Please safely remove any tiles from the plasterboard before bringing the plasterboard to one of the HWRS that accept plasterboard. The tiles can be recycled by placing them in the soil and hardcore container.

If you are undertaking a major DIY project that will produce a large amount of plasterboard 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.

7 Plastic bags

Plastic bags cannot be put in your recycling bin at home.

In West Sussex the only plastic items we can recycle are plastic bottles and containers.

Plastic bags cannot be recycled as we do not have a secure or sustainable market to send them to for recycling.

The best solution is to not use plastic bags for shopping and instead use reusable fabric bags, or ‘bags for life’. If you can't reuse your plastic bags, please throw them away with your general rubbish.

8 Plastic bottles and containers

You can recycle your plastic bottles and containers by putting them in your recycling bin at home.

There are many different types of plastic bottles and containers that you can put in your recycling bin. Please make sure they are clean and empty first.

Yes please:

  • all plastic bottles, for example drinks, bathroom and detergent bottles
  • all plastic pots, for example yoghurt, cream and cottage cheese pots
  • all plastic tubs, for example ice cream, margarine, cosmetics, and laundry tubs
  • all plastic food trays, for example food, meat, fruit, microwave trays and Easter egg packaging
  • all plastic lids, for example container and jar lids

No thanks:

  • plastic films, for example cling film, the covers of food trays and peel-back lids
  • plastic bags, for example carrier bags, bin liners, cereal bags, sandwich bags, and bread bags
  • plastic bottle tops
  • crisp packets and wrappers
  • polystyrene
  • plastic toys
  • garden plastics, for example plant pots, seed trays, tools and furniture

Please remove the plastic tops from the bottles and put these in your rubbish bin. Plastic bottle tops cannot be recycled.

9 Plastic vending cups

Plastic cups can be recycled in your recycling bin at home but not polystyrene or styrofoam cups.

10 Plastics

In West Sussex, the only plastic items that we can recycle are plastic bottles and containers.

We cannot recycle other types of plastics as there are no sustainable or secure markets for these to be recycled.

11 Polystyrene

Polystyrene cannot be recycled. Polystyrene is a form of plastic and there are no secure or sustainable markets to recycle it.

Please throw away polystyrene with your general rubbish.

12 Pumpkins

Please dispose of your pumpkins 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.

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