Video highlights the missing mountain of recycling in West Sussex


Release date: 23 July 2019

West Sussex is missing out on a massive 22,000 tonnes of recycling a year.

That’s the result of a recent study carried out by the West Sussex Waste Partnership which found that just over 14 per cent of the general rubbish collected from homes in the county could have been recycled.

To highlight the issue a video has been produced to show the mountain of recycling which is being missed and the amount of money that could be saved if this material was being placed in the right bin and recycled.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “By recycling materials correctly, a staggering £2.5million could be saved for vital West Sussex public services.

“Waste disposal is expensive and it is far more effective to send materials for sorting and then on for recycling, than it is to dispose of rubbish. There are huge costs associated with waste disposal. By recycling more we can all help to reduce our impact on the environment and the cost which falls to West Sussex taxpayers.”

The study found the common items that were being missed were:

  • Plastic pots, tubs, and trays (including black plastic)
  • Card (corrugated and non-corrugated)
  • Newspapers, magazines and other recyclable paper
  • Glass bottles and jars

Deborah added: “West Sussex residents are already doing a good job, but as our film explains, there is more to be done.

“Items such as plastic bottles and containers, glass bottles, tin foil, and magazines and newspapers are unfortunately still being thrown away, instead of being recycled.

“We’re asking people to ‘Think Before You Throw’ and take a moment to sort your recycling.”

You can watch the video and find out more about the campaign on West Sussex Waste Partnership's Think Before You Throw page.

Recycling should be:

  • CLEAN - free from food and drink leftovers - a quick rinse will do.
  • DRY - keep your recycling bin lid shut – soggy paper and cardboard can’t be recycled and can clog up machinery when sorted.
  • LOOSE – not tied up in plastic bags.

Find out more about what can and can’t be recycled on Recycle for West Sussex.

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