Metal Cans & Aerosols
Pet food cans
Empty aerosol cans - deodorant sprays, hairspray cans etc
No thanks: paint tins, saucepans, electrical items, garden tools, utensils, gas canisters, batteries
Metal cans & aerosols recycling FAQs
Can I recycle all cans? Yes. All food, drink and pet food cans can be put in your recycling bin. Please rinse them out before putting them in your recycling bin.
Why do I have to wash my cans first? It is important that your cans don’t have any leftover food or liquid in them. If this leftover food or liquid spills out onto other recycling, such as paper, it can prevent the other items in your recycling bin being recycled, and in some cases could spread to all the other items in the recycling lorry.
Can I recycle other metal items like biscuit and sweet tins? Yes, these can be put in your recycling bin.
Is it safe to put my aerosol can in the recycling bin? Yes, empty aerosol cans can be placed in your recycling bin. Please ensure they are empty. Aerosol cans should NOT be pierced for your own safety.
Can I put old paint, chemical, engine oil cans in my recycling bin? No. Please do not put these in your recycling bin. Old paint, oil and chemicals can harm the MRF machinery and also will ruin the quality of the other items in the recycling bin. These old cans can be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Site.
Can I put gas canisters in my recycling bin? No. Please do not put these in your recycling bin as they are explosive. These can be recycled by taking them to your local Household Waste Recycling Site.
Can I put batteries in my recycling bin? No. Please do not put batteries in your recycling bin. Batteries contain electrical charges (even if they appear ‘flat’) and are a potential fire hazard. You can recycle your old batteries by taking them to your local Household Waste Recycling Site.
Can I recycle the lids on my food and pet food cans? Yes. You can put the metal lids from your cans in your recycling bin.
Can I put my old saucepans in my recycling bin? No, please do not put old saucepans or other metal items like baking trays, CD racks and so on in your recycling bin at home. These items are heavy and bulky and can cause damage to the MRF machinery. You can easily recycle these items by taking them to your local Household Waste Recycling Site and place them in the scrap metal container.
What should I do with my old electrical appliances? Can they go in my recycling bin? No, please do not put electrical appliances in your recycling bin at home. All types of electrical appliances should be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Site for recycling. Examples of electrical appliances accepted at the Household Waste Recycling Site for recycling include hairdryers, toasters, electric toothbrushes, TVs, washing machines, fridges, freezers and so on.
West Sussex Recycling Rate for 2014/15