Paper & Cardboard

  • Paper Card 72 x 100

Yes please:

Newspapers / magazines

Food packaging sleeves

Envelopes / junk mail

Office paper

Greeting cards / wrapping paper

Telephone directories / Yellow Pages

Catalogues

Egg boxes

Cereal boxes

Paperback books

No thanks:

shredded paper

metallic wrapping paper

paper towels

Paper & cardboard recycling FAQs

Why can’t I put shredded paper in my recycling bin? What else can I do with it? 

Shredded paper is paper that has been cut with scissors or shredded as part of a mechanical process into small strips or pieces, usually smaller than a matchbox.

Please do not put shredded paper in your recycling bin. Your recycling is sorted by a specialised sorting plant that receives, separates and prepares recyclables for marketing to manufacturers to be recycled into new goods. Shredded paper cannot be accepted within your recycling bin at home, due to it mixing with other materials such as glass and ruining the quality of the glass to be sold to the market. The sorting plant is a mainly automated process with some hand sorting and with a mechanical process such as this; shredded paper has a tendency to erupt like a mushroom cloud within the plant.

This is not to say shredded paper cannot be recycled, as it can be accepted for recycling in the paper and cardboard container at your local Household Waste Recycling Site.

Alternatively you can use shredded paper for pet or animal bedding or you can compost it at home.

 Do I have to remove the windows from envelopes? 

No, these will be removed during the screening process at the paper mills. Padded envelopes, such as Jiffy Bags, cannot be recycled due to the plastic lining inside, please put these in your rubbish bin.

 Do I have to remove staples from paper? No, these will be removed during the screening process at the paper mills.

 Should I remove the plastic wrapper around junk mail and magazine supplements? Yes. The MRF is unable to automatically remove the plastic wrapper from these. Please remove the plastic wrapper and put this in your rubbish bin.

 Should I remove the sellotape from wrapping paper and cardboard boxes? 

Yes. The MRF is unable to automatically remove the plastic wrapper from these. Please remove the plastic wrapper and put this in your rubbish bin.

 Can I recycle all types of wrapping paper? 

You can only put paper based wrapping paper in your recycling bin. We CANNOT recycle metallic wrapping paper as it has a plastic lining on it. The easiest way to check is to try the scrunch test. Scrunch up the item in your hand, if it springs back it contains plastic and can’t be recycled, if it stays scrunched up its true paper and can go in your recycling bin.

 Can I recycle my Yellow Pages?

Yes, Yellow Pages and telephone directories can be put in your recycling bin.

 Can I recycle paper cups, like take away coffee cups?

Yes. Paper cups and paper take away coffee cups can be placed in your recycling bin. Please ensure no liquid remains in these cups. The plastic lids and plastic cups CAN be recycled.

 Can I recycle cardboard containers, like Pringle tubes, that have a metal base?

Yes, Pringle tubs and plastic lids can be placed in your recycling bin.

 Why can’t I recycle paper towels?

Please do not put paper towels in your recycling bin. These are often coated with food leftovers and substances, which make the paper towel unsuitable for recycling.

Can I recycle pizza boxes and cardboard food containers?

Yes, as long as they are not greasy or coated with food leftovers, which make the cardboard unsuitable for recycling.

What should I do with baby wipes?

We are unable to accept baby wipes in your recycling bin as they are a mixture of materials and are often wet/damp and dirty. Any baby wipes or facial wipes should be put in your rubbish bin.

Can I recycle paper and card with glitter on them?

In West Sussex we don’t mind a small amount of sparkle, as this tends to fall off, however if the whole card or paper is coated in glitter then please place this in your rubbish bin. Please also remove any ribbons, bows or other adornments.