What happens to your waste

Find out where your waste goes and what happens to it.

As the Waste Disposal Authority, we have a duty to arrange for the disposal of rubbish and recycling collected by the district and borough councils.

We are responsible for the treatment and disposal of approximately 400,000 tonnes of waste each year.

We manage the disposal of this through 3 contracts:

  • Recycling and Waste Handling Contract (RWHC) - Known as Recycle for West Sussex, this contract began in April 2004 and is provided by Viridor Waste Management Limited.
  • Materials Resource Management Contract (MRMC) - This contract began in July 2010 and was awarded, in conjunction with our district and borough council partners, to Biffa West Sussex Limited.
  • Refuse Derived Fuel Contract (RDF) - This contract was awarded to the West Sussex Britaniacrest Seneca Partnership. In April 2018 exports to Germany and Holland commenced, where the RDF will be used to produce heat and power.
Last updated:
18 October 2019
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