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Welcome to Recycling In Sussex

Here, you’ll find all of the information you need to recycle as much as you can in your local area. From finding your nearest Recycling Centre to top tips on being more green, we’ve got you covered. 

Our aim is to answer your recycling questions and let you know about recycling opportunities in your area. As well as events and initiatives that you can be a part of. Simply let us know which county you’re in to get started

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Recycling In Sussex is run by a group of volunteers who want to make sure the people of Sussex can do everything they can to be more green. While they try their best to keep the website up to date, some things may fall through the cracks. Which is where you come in. If you spot any out of date information, please let the team know by emailing

The team are also always on the look out for new information to add to the site. So if you have information that could be of use to the hundreds of users of this site, please get in touch.

Find recycling information for your area

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Brighton & Hove

Find out what you can recycle in Brighton & Hove and about other initiatives that will allow you to recycle other items that would usually go to the landfill.

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East Sussex

Between 2021 and 2022, East Sussex County Council only put 0.47% of black bag waste into landfill. Let's keep that trend going. Find out everything you need to know about recycling in East Sussex.

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West Sussex

West Sussex County Council recycle 53% of household waste through kerbside recycling. Which is a lot more than the national average of 44%. Help them continue to look after this beautiful county.

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Recycling FAQs

In East Sussex, items placed in your kerbside recycling bin are sent to different places for processing and turned into different items: 

Cardboard and paper -> Packaging materials and new paper products
Plastic bottles -> Turned into a raw material which is then made into food packaging
Glass and light bulbs -> Turned into different glass bottles and jars. Fluorescent tubes and low-energy bulbs are transported to Surrey where they are crushed and the materials in them separated (glass, aluminium and phosphor powder). Glass and aluminium are made into new products and the powder is reused.
Metals and electricals ->  made into new products. Aluminium cans are sent to Wales or Cheshire. There, they are melted down and made into new aluminium products. Steel cans are sent to UK plants and end up as new cans or other steel products (like white goods and bicycles)

Electricals (including TVs, monitors and fridge/freezers) are dismantled in Lewes. Their harmful gases are removed and the metal and plastic are recycled.

The waste you put in your garden waste bin  is processed at Whitesmith in East Sussex and used to build tall rows of shredded waste (windrows). These then turn into compost which is screened, sieved and used as soil conditioner in the agricultural industry. You can also buy it at all the household waste recycling sites in East Sussex.

There are three types of recycling you can do in West Sussex: Mixed recycling, green waste and textiles recycling. Here’s what happens to each: 

Mixed recycling – Items you place in your mixed recycling bin at home get sent to the Ford Materials Recycling Facility near Arundel. There, it is mechanically sorted and seperated into individual material types. Then, it is baled up and transported to reprocessors which will manufacturer the material into new goods and products.

Green waste –  Waste placed in your garden bin is sent to the Olus site near Henfield or The Woodhorn Group site in Tangmere. There, it is converted into compost which is then sold to consumers and businesses.

Textiles recycling – All textile waste is collected from the various collection points in West Sussex and sorted into two categories: textiles that can be reused or textiles to be recycled by shredding. Shredded textiles are used to manufacture a range of cleaning cloths and frock rags. Felt materials are used in automotive soundproofing and mattress stuffing.

Green waste is turned into compost which is sold to businesses and consumers. While mixed recycling can be used to make a whole host of things. Read the section about West Sussex recycling above to find out more.

Informative videos

What happens to mixed recycling in West Sussex

How your green waste is recycled into peat free compost

What really happens to the plastic you throw away

Inside a recycling centre