Recycling advice

We have less than 10 years before we run out of landfill space in the county if we continue piling rubbish into sites at the present rate.  West Sussex County Council  provides 12 household waste recycling sites for public use. Please visit its website for opening hours of the permanent and mobile sites.

What can I put in my recycling bin?

Recycling in West Sussex is easy. You can recycle lots of items by placing them in your recycling bin at home and they will be sorted and separated at the Ford Materials Recycling Facility (MRF). You can recycle other items by taking them to your local Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS).

Bin sticker trial

We are currently conducting a trial in some areas of the District, putting information stickers on to general waste and recycling bins to help make recycling even easier. Research carried out last year showed that in Chichester up to 57% of the contents of rubbish bins could have been recycled in some form, and up to 20% of their contents could have gone into the burgundy recycling bin. In order to help, members of the waste and recycling team will be going out into selected areas of Chichester, Selsey and Westbourne in the coming months putting stickers on bins as a reminder to recycle as much as possible and provide helpful information about items that can be recycled.

If you have received our stickers you can find more information in the frequently asked questions document below.

For more information about recycling, you can download a copy of our latest recycling information leaflet:

Please place all items in your recycling bin:

  • Clean -  free from food leftovers
  • Loose - no plastic bags
  • Dry - keep recycling bin lid shut

Paper and cardboard

  • newspapers/magazines
  • computer/office paper
  • leaflets and pamphlets
  • all packaging card and cardboard
  • wrapping paper
  • greetings cards
  • envelopes
  • catalogues
  • Yellow Pages, telephone books
  • travel brochures

Metal containers

  • all food / drinks cans
  • pet food cans
  • clean foil containers
  • aluminium foil
  • empty aerosol cans

Plastic Containers

  • Milk and drinks bottles;
  • Bathroom bottles;
  • Laundry/detergent bottles and tubs;
  • Yoghurt, cream and soup pots;
  • Ice cream and margarine tubs;
  • Cosmetic pots and tubs;
  • Food and ready meal trays;
  • Fruit and vegetable punnets; and
  • Plastic container lids (such as those used on coffee jars).

Food and drink cartons

  • milk cartons
  • juice carton


  • glass bottles
  • glass jars

What can I not recycle?

  • polythene / plastic bags
  • polystyrene packaging
  • polystyrene egg boxes and food trays
  • cling film
  • garden plastics e.g. plant pots and seed trays
  • paint tins
  • plastic engine oil bottles
  • drinking glasses
  • window or mirror glass
  • Pyrex
  • light bulbs
  • glass ornaments
  • textiles
  • shredded paper
  • wallpaper

If you have extra recycling, that will not fit in to your burgundy bin on collection day, we can remove this for you if you leave it loosely tied in a black sack next to the recycling bin. This will enable our crew to empty your bin as normal, then decant the excess into the bin in order to tip it safely into their truck. They will then tie the black sack around the handle of your bin, so that you can reuse it or dispose of it in your waste bin.

Unfortunately we cannot take excess recycling that is wet, or presented outside of a loosely tied black sack. If the excess is not clearly presented next to the recycling bin, for example if it is left in between the black and burgundy bins, then we will not be able to collect it.

If you would like to discuss your existing recycling bin capacity, please call our contact centre on 01243 785 166.

Please note that we cannot accept excess general waste, for more details please see the sections on black waste bins.