Textiles and small electrical collections
We are currently trialling a free kerbside collection service for your unwanted textiles and broken small electrical items.
The trial will initially cover approximately 75% of households in Chichester District and has been designed to make recycling at home even easier. The trial started in July 2021 and we will look at options later this year to see if this is something that can be rolled out to the whole of the district.
As part of the trial we are also introducing a coffee pod recycling service in partnership with Podback.
These collections are bookable online and not conducted by your normal waste or recycling crew. Collections may be different from your normal bin day.
- How does the textile and small electrical collection service work?
- Book a free textile or small electrical collection
- What do we collect?
- Frequently asked questions
To use this service, follow our step-by-step guide and help us to recycle your items:
- Check it - Check to see if your item is accepted below.
- Book it - Book your collection.
- Bag it - Place your items in an old, standard size plastic carrier bag making sure to keep textiles and small electricals separate and tie it securely.
- Recycle it - Leave your bag outside at your normal collection point where it is clearly visible from the roadside, or communal bin area, by 7 am on the booked collection day.
- Let us do the rest - The dedicated crew will collect the bags on your requested day for sorting and recycling. Please remember collections are not conducted by your normal waste or recycling crew.
Please do not leave bags out overnight. If the items become wet, we are unable to recycle them and won't be able to collect your bags as part of this service.
|Category||What we collect|
|Clothing||Any used clean dry clothing items|
Textiles we cannot currently accept:
- Soiled or wet clothing
- Carpets or rugs
- Duvets and pillows
- Face masks
- Metal, glass or sharp objects
- General waste
|Category||What we collect|
|Small household appliances|
Air purifiers, fresheners and diffusers (please remove perfume or oil)
Automatic peelers, can openers and jar openers
Blenders, smoothie makers and juicers
Clocks, including alarm clocks
Coffee machines, including grinders
Extension cables and leads
Fans (e.g. small desk fan)
Handheld vacuum cleaners, dust busters and hand held steam cleaners
Ice cream machine
Toasters, including sandwich toasters and grills
Disposable Vapes (e.g. Elf bars)
Christmas tree, fairy and string lights
Desk and table lamps
Torches (remove any batteries)
Epilators and electric shavers and trimmers
Hairstyling tools (including hairdryers, straighteners, tongs and ceramic rollers)
Electronic toys and games
Games consoles and controllers
|Phones and Accessories|
|Visual and Audio Equipment|
Cameras and camcorders
MP3 Players and iPods
Small speakers and stereo systems
|IT and accessories|
Keyboards, mouses and headsets
Small printers, scanners and fax machines
|Monitoring and Control Instruments|
Carbon monoxide detectors
SMART energy screens (less than 6" diameter)
Thermostats/temperature control devices
Timers (including cooking timers and light timers)
Small Electricals we cannot accept:
- Batteries (please ensure you remove all batteries before recycling any devices)
- Microwave ovens
- Energy saving lightbulbs and florescent tubes
- Glass or ceramic items (e.g. slow cookers, glass kettles, etc.)
- Larger printers (including those with scanners), ink cartridges and toners
- Televisions and screens
- Items that are bigger than a standard sized carrier bag
For large items please visit our Bulky household waste collection page for further information.
Yes. Please book a collection online so the crew know to collect your bags. The service is provided by a dedicated crew and the bags will not be collected by your normal waste or recycling crews.
Yes you can. Please place small electricals and textiles in an old, standard size plastic carrier bag. Please make sure to keep textiles and small electricals separate by placing them in different bags.
Please leave your bags outside at your normal collection point where it is clearly visible from the roadside, or communal bin area, by 7am on the booked collection day.
No. Please make sure that textiles and small electricals are placed in separate bags to ensure your items are recycled.
Your bag will not be collected if:
- the items are wet, or;
- if they contain items that we cannot collect
Please also check to make sure your items:
- were placed at your normal collection point;
- are clearly visible, and;
- on your booked collection day.
The textiles we collect as part of this scheme are processed in the West Midlands. All items are graded and sorted according to their condition. Clothes in good condition are exported for re-wear to over 70 different countries. Items that cannot be re-worn are recycled to make insulation for cars and houses.
Small electrical items are processed at a specialist facility which breaks down the component parts and then recycles them into something new.
Unfortunately, we are only able to trial this service in 75% of the district. If you are not eligible, you can still recycle your items by taking them to your nearest Recycling Centre. Once the trial is complete, we will be looking to see if this is something we could potentially roll out to the whole of the district so that even more people can benefit.
If they are in good condition, we would encourage you to consider donating these to one of the many fantastic charities in our district. The focus of this trial is to help residents recycle as much as possible. This trial collect items charities may not be able to accept, such as old and worn clothing.
If they are in good condition, we'd encourage you to consider donating these to one of the many fantastic charities in our district where they can find a new home. Alternatively, it is always preferable to try and repair something rather than recycling it.