Green waste

Find out about processing green waste.

What happens to green waste

Green waste is converted into top quality compost ready to be sold to consumers and businesses. 

If neither your home composter nor your green waste kerbside collection bin can cope with either the amount or type of green waste you have, your local Recycling Centre (RC) can take it.

The green waste kerbside collection is an optional, paid-for service offered by all districts and boroughs in West Sussex. The garden waste they collect is taken to either the Olus site near Henfield or The Woodhorn Group site at Tangmere, where it is turned into compost. This compost is bagged up and sold to businesses in the county - a great example of closed loop recycling.

You can watch a video about the processing of green waste on YouTube: Earth cycle green waste video

Bioplastics and compostable plastics

In West Sussex our compost facilities are outdoor sites producing quality compost to the BSI standard PAS100.

Any plastic packaging, even that which claims to be compostable, could ruin the quality of compost produced. Our facilities would not be able to comply with Animal By-Product Regulations and are not certified to accept food waste for composting. This means that even compostable packaging that has contained food or liquid would not be allowed at any of our compost facilities.

For these reasons do not place bioplastic material in your garden waste recycling bin or your normal recycling bin as our specialised sorting machinery doesn’t recognise this material.

Bioplastic material should be placed in your rubbish bin.