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Don't forget about recycling your plastics this National Recycling Week

Posted on 24 June 2015

Make a pledge to recycle more plastic around your home this National Recycling Week

There are lots of plastic items you can now recycle in West Sussex – it’s not just plastic bottles.

Thanks to a change in the recycling service in April residents can now add household plastic containers to their usual collections. This means a wealth of additional plastic pots, tubs and trays can be recycled alongside plastic bottles.

Did you know you can recycle empty blister pack containers – the ones that hold tablets or lozenges? And plastic lids such as those used on coffee jars?

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here are a just a few other plastic items that you may not have realised you can put into your household recycling bin:

• Plastic biscuit trays;
• Plastic lids from soup and yoghurt pots (as long as thet aren't peel back kind);
• Clean plastic take-away containers;
• Hard plastic packaging (such as the kind used for scissors, curtain rails, headphones etc);
• Empty aerosol cans;
• Plastic detergent boxes and plastic flip open lids;
• Empty plastic squeezy tubes (such as the ones used for hand creams or liquid foundation); and Clean plastic trays used for sliced cheese or sliced cold meat.

All we ask is that these items are clean, dry and loose in your recycling bin – that’s free from food or liquid leftovers and not together inside a plastic bag or cardboard box.

David Barling, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “There are lots of things that we can now recycle that we probably didn’t even think were possible.

“How many of us have just thrown away empty tablet blister packs or coffee jar lids when actually we could have been recycling them?

“I do stress ‘empty’, because it really is important that the recycling you put out on the kerbside is clean and dry – and packaging should be empty of its contents.”

National Recycling Week runs until June 28.

To find out more about what plastics can and can’t be recycled in West Sussex, please visit