Think Before You Throw

Are you recycling all you can? We are asking all Chichester District residents to think about what they are putting in to their household bins, so that we can reduce the amount of waste produced and work towards our 2020 recycling target of 50%.

We have had a series of videos produced in conjunction with our colleagues at West Sussex County Council, which aim to help you with your recycling;

You can find further videos about waste and recycling on our Chichester District Council YouTube channel .

Slim Your Bin

As part of an analysis of Chichester District's rubbish conducted in 2015 we were able to sneak a peek at the contents of residents' bins. We discovered that just 43% of the contents of black waste bins was actually general waste. Not only can 20% of the contents of Chichester District's waste bins be diverted to from landfill by just putting it in the right bin but on average 57% of the total waste can be reduced, reused or recycled!

Want to find out more about how you can slim your bin by over half? The following table presents the information we've found: 

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20% Recycling


Please put this in your burgundy recycling bin. We are still finding items like paper, card, plastic bottles, yogurt pots, food trays and glass in the waste bin which can all be recycled.

It is now easier than ever to recycle and we can recycle more than ever before! It all just has to placed clean, dry and loose in the blue-top bin. No separation of materials, no recycling boxes, no hassle. However with 20% of our rubbish still containing valuable recycling it might be that we need reminding of what can and cannot be recycled. Check out the information sheet at the bottom of this page for a comprehensive list of items that can and cannot currently be recycled.

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28% Food waste

The largest portion of our waste is attributable to food waste, a massive 28%! This contains a mix of raw, uncooked peelings and prepared food that we've made too much of and have had to throw away. There are two easy ways to tackle this:

1. Get a home composter if you have space - Those bits and pieces that we cannot consume like vegetable peelings, eggshells and teabags can all be composted at home. There is a range of home composters available via the West Sussex Waste Prevention website at subsidised prices. You can also purchase a handy kitchen caddy to throw all of your peelings in and then decant it into an outside compost bin, turning unwanted food into compost for your garden!

2. Reduce food waste - We are all guilty of cooking too much especially when it comes to things like pasta and rice. All of that leftover food has to go somewhere and if it's in your rubbish bin then it ends up in landfill. The best way to avoid this is to try not to cook too much in the first place. This not only helps the environment but it will help your bank balance too. Some food is also thrown away because it is passed its sell-by date. Why not try re-organising your fridge and cupboards so that food bought a while ago is at the front, with newly-purchased food at the back. This will ensure that food won't get lost and end up being thrown away when you have a clear-out. The Love Food Hate Waste  website is full of useful tips and ideas on how to reduce food waste.

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 1% Electrical and electronic equipment

Please don't put WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equiptment) in your rubbish bin! All household electrical equipment can be broken down and recycled into new things. So anything in your home or garden with a plug or battery can be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Site and put in the electrical waste container to be recycled. There's space at the HWRS's for light bulbs and larger appliances too. And remember if it still works someone will likely want it! You can swap or sell it on loads of second hand websites, free ad papers and boot-sale apps. For more information on wasting less electrical equipment please visit the West Sussex Waste Prevention  website.

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6% Textiles

6% of our waste is textiles. This can range from decent clothes to old rags, but did you know that all textiles can have another chance to be reused or even made into something new? Old clothes might be old to you but if they are in good condition then they can be taken to a charity shop to be sold, and shoes as well. Your local Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) has a textile bank and here you can recycle even old clothes and rags. We also have textile recycling banks around the area, you can fid their locations on the Recycle More  website. There's no need for it to go in the rubbish bin.

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2% Garden waste

Garden waste should not be placed in your rubbish bin. It can be composted at home instead, or you can sign up to the garden recycling service and have a 240 litre bin collected fortnightly from your address for less than £1 per week. For more information please visit the Garden Recycling Service page on our website.

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43% General rubbish

Belongs in your black waste bin - no outlet for reuse or recycling.