June 2024 news

View our news items from June 2024.

Help us improve recycling and waste prevention in West Sussex by taking part in our short survey

Last year, 27% of respondents who took part in our recycling survey said that they couldn't recycle black plastic, pots, tubs and trays in West Sussex. But did you know you can recycle plastic, pots, tubs and trays of any colour in your recycling bin at home?

This is just one example of how helpful last summer’s recycling survey was in helping us to educate residents on all things recycling and waste prevention. That's why we're running it again!

As part of our mission to help reduce waste and increase recycling, we're re-running our short survey to gather information on recycling and waste prevention knowledge in West Sussex.

Whether you took part in last year’s survey or not, we want to hear from you.

Take part in the West Sussex Recycles survey.

Thank you to all our fantastic Waste Prevention Advisor volunteers!

It's Volunteer Week and we want to take this opportunity to shine a light on all the amazing work our Waste Prevention Advisor volunteers (WPAs) do across the county.

Our volunteers educate residents on waste prevention, recycling and how materials are processed in West Sussex. They offer their time to visit schools and local community groups and host information stands.

They are full of knowledge, helpful advice and have a passion for recycling! Thank you to our WPA's for their hard work, dedication and commitment!

Check out our poem to see what it means to be a volunteer, or check out our events page and come and say "Hi".

Father's Day doesn't need to cost the earth!

Father's Day is a wonderful opportunity to show appreciation for the dads in our lives. This year, try to make it extra special by celebrating sustainably and minimising waste!

Here are a few tips to help you honour your father while being kinder to the planet:

  • Thoughtful gifting: Choose meaningful, eco-friendly gifts such as a reusable coffee cup! Opt for experiences over material gifts - think about a day out hiking, a special homemade meal, or a class of some kind.
  • Low waste wrapping: Ditch traditional wrapping paper for more sustainable options. Use reusable gift bags, fabric wraps, or even old newspapers.
  • Homemade goodies: Instead of store-bought treats, bake your dad's favourite cookies or cook his favourite meal. Homemade gifts are often more appreciated and reduce packaging waste.
  • Digital greetings: Send a heartfelt e-card or a personalised video message instead of a paper card. It's a modern, waste-free way to convey your love.

By making a few conscious choices, we can celebrate Father's Day in a way that honours both our dads and our planet.

Happy Father’s Day to all those celebrating!

New climate action planning tool for schools!

We’re excited to announce the launch of West Sussex Wastebuster’s Climate Action planning tool as a fantastic addition to our waste and recycling education programme.

The online planning tool supports schools across the county in creating and implementing an impactful Climate Action Plan. Guiding primary and secondary schools by creating a tailored framework on waste, water, transport or energy that can easily be inserted into the school’s Climate Action Plan.

This tool is free to access for West Sussex schools. For more information please email info@wastebuster.co.uk.

West Sussex Wastebuster also provides a range of free interactive activities for families and opportunities to make money for schools.

Upcoming waste prevention events

Throughout West Sussex, we're proud to be working alongside a team of passionate recycling and waste prevention volunteers. They attend public and private events to promote waste prevention, reuse and recycling, and are keen to answer questions on the county's recycling provision and waste prevention.

Alongside the below public events, we are attending numerous privately hosted talks and events for local community groups, schools and other organisations.

If you would like our team to provide a talk, visit your school, attend an event, or for more information on the above please email waste.prevention@westsussex.gov.uk.

June/July events

  • Sunday 9 June (10.30am to 3.30pm) - Waste prevention stand at Lancing Green Dreams, Lancing Beach Green
  • Tuesday 11 June (12 noon to 2.30pm) - Big Green Week clothes swap, Committee Room 1, County Hall, Chichester
  • Friday 14 June (2.00pm to 4.00pm) - Chichester Community Development Trust clothes swap, Graylingwell Chapel, Chichester
  • Sunday 23 June (11.00am to 3.00pm) - Waste prevention stand at Burgess Hill Summer Fayre, St Johns Park, Burgess Hill
  • Saturday 29 June (11.00am to 3.00pm) - Waste prevention information at St Peters Church Festival, St Peters Crescent, Selsey, PO20 0NA
  • Saturday 6 July (10.00am to 3.00pm) - Waste prevention stand at Rustington's annual art event and street fayre
  • Saturday 6 July (12 noon to 5.00pm) - Waste prevention stand at St Lawrence Fair, South Avenue Recreation Ground, Hurstpierpoint
  • Saturday 6 July (9.00am to 12 noon) - Waste prevention stand at Lindfield Repair café, United Reform Church, Lindfield, Haywards Heath
  • Sunday 7 July (12 noon to 5.00pm) - Waste Prevention stand at Horsham Rotary Fun Day, Horsham Park, North Parade
  • Saturday 13 July (12 noon to 5.00pm) - Waste prevention stand at Balcombe fete
  • Saturday 13 July (1.00pm to 4.00pm) - Waste prevention stand at Worthing Homes Fun Day, Maybridge Keystone Centre, Goring
  • Saturday 20 July (10.00am to 4.00pm) - Waste prevention stand at Worthing Fire Station Open Day, Worthing Fire Station, 57 Ardsheal Road, Worthing
  • Thursday 25 July (10.00am to 2.00pm) - Waste prevention stand at the Strawford Centre special event day, Blatchford Close, Horsham, RH13 5RG
  • Saturday 27 July (10.00am to 2.00pm) - Waste prevention stand at Hurstpierpoint Craft Fayre, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint.