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Food waste

Tackling food waste collections in West Sussex.

Food waste makes up a staggering 40 percent of the average household general waste bin in West Sussex. 

Approximately 70 percent of food waste is avoidable, so waste prevention is the preferred solution as it is more economical and sustainable. The West Sussex Waste Partnership (WSWP) is looking to tackle food waste, in the first instance, through the Fight Against Food Waste prevention campaign. 

Alongside this, the WSWP is also looking to undertake trials of separate food waste collections to further reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill.

To see how food waste is currently processed see our General waste page.

Food rescue

The West Sussex Waste Prevention Team are working with the food partnerships across the county. We aim to encourage our residents to share their surplus food, to help those in food poverty and prevent some of this wastage. Services available are listed below.

Adur and Worthing




For businesses

Arun District Council 1-2-3 Food Waste Collection trial

Starting on 19 May 2021, Arun District Council, in partnership with West Sussex County Council, are running a year-long trial collection service. This will include weekly food waste and absorbent hygiene product (AHP), such as nappies and incontinence waste, collections. Arun is the first district in West Sussex to trial these collections as part of an enhanced recycling and rubbish collection service. Further information is available in the frequently asked questions (FAQ) document below.

Supporting documents

1-2-3 collection trial FAQ (PDF, 233KB)

Last updated:
22 March 2021
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