Recycling for Charity

Our charity raises value funds and helps divert waste resources through a number of companies. This page explains how we recycling bottle tops, inkjet cartridges and aluminium ringpulls.

You can learn how since our launch in 2012 we have diverted hundreds of thousands of waste resources through a company called TerraCycle here. This recycling raises money for Sussex Green Living, the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance and the William Penn School.

Plastic milk bottle tops (2 and 4 only)

Members of the public can recycle their plastic milk bottle tops in the Sussex Green Living (SGL) public collection bins locations can be seen on this page. Income generated from these waste resources benefits the Springboard Project in Horsham. It is a community based charity that provides inclusive play and leisure opportunities for families with young children and fun short breaks for children and teenagers with disabilities.

Contrary to what many people think plastic bottle tops cannot be recycled in the your WSCC household recycling bin. Your plastic bottle tops they must be:

  • Washed and clean.
  • Free of any paper, rubber or foil inserts or labels.
  • We can only recycle bottle tops which displays in a triangle on the underside of the lid the number 2, 02, 4 or 04. Plastic bottle tops can be made of many types and grades of plastic. As we DO NOT have time to sort large quantities of plastic lids, we request that you only recycle MILK BOTTLE TOPS as these are always made of 02 and 04 plastic and visually we can see that we only have the right waste resource.

They are recycled to make hard plastic toys for children, such as slides and other garden toys. They also go to make more bottle tops!

If you would like to set up a plastic bottle top recycling scheme for your chosen charity, or you are a company who could provide a recycling point where bottle tops can be collected in bulk contact GHS Recycling in Portsmouth.

West Sussex County Council Hard Plastics Trial – WSCC are currently trialing recycling hard plastics in some of the recycling centres. This includes the recycling of milk bottle tops. For further information on which centres are taking part in the trial, click here.

Aluminium ring pull recycling

We collect aluminium ring pulls for the Purple Community Fund, which helps Filipino families (with children as young as 4) get off their landfills and into work and school! They make beautiful merchandise with this waste resource: read more about The Purple Community Fund (PCF) here.

Albeit you can recycle aluminium ring pulls in your recycling bin at home, we also collect them for the PCF. These are like gold coins to the Filipino families who are supported by this charity and make a huge difference to their lives. All you need to do is put them in a bag then pop them in one of our many Horsham District drop off bins, as seen here.

Ink cartridge recycling

Through Recycle4Charity we recycle inkjet cartridges such as HP, Dell, Lexmark, Canon, Samsung, Neopost, we are also able to recycle refill cartridges but we do not receive a donation for them.  These can either be dropped off at our Horsham drop off location or in about 18 villages in Horsham District, find your nearest drop off location here.

Your workplace could recycle inkjet cartridges to raise money for us too. You can request a freepost bag or box from fill it, post off and then request another box.

Other items which can be recycled for charity

Many charities as part of their commitment to the environment and to raise money, recycle unwanted goods.  For example through the RSPB and the RSPCA you can recycle digital cameras, sat navs, game consoles (Nintendo DS / Sony PSP) and iPods.

Textile recycling for a good cause

Bags of Support

Horsham based mother of 3, Karrie Mellor set up Bags of Support in 2012. She was frustrated by the amount of textile waste produced in this country and the simultaneous need for clothing abroad. Karrie has lots experience of schools and PTA and was well aware of how important but difficult and time consuming fundraising can be for schools.

This great West Sussex community organisation helps to raise money for schools, prevent textiles from going to landfill* and provides an ongoing supply of clothing and shoes to poor families in Romania.

There is no limit on the number of collections you can have but Bags of Support recommends one a term for the best results.

The clothes need to be clean and in good condition.

They say “Ask yourself if this item is something someone else might want to wear or use? If the answer is yes, then bag it up for Bags of Support!”

Contact Bags of Support (BoS) to set up a recycling scheme or a one off collection to raise money for your school, charity, community initiative or to support BoS work!

* 1.2 million tonnes of household textile waste goes to landfill each year.

Karrie Mellor is a Sussex Green Living trustee, meet the trustees and team here.

Soft plastics
Milk bottle tops

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