Our recycling scheme – diverting waste resources from landfill

Sussex Green Living have set up various recycling schemes which divert waste resources, mainly single-use plastics from landfill and into the circular economy (recycling companies). Money raised from collecting these materials financially benefits charities and not for profit organisations.

The most important thing is that we upcycle or recycle these materials rather than put them in landfill or incinerators. Many of these materials are likely to take hundreds if not thousands of years to biodegrade into something we might ever be able to use again.  So collect these waste resources for us or set up your own scheme.

We work with a number of charities who upcycle and companies who recycle these waste resources. TerraCycle is one of the companies who help diverts billions of pieces of rubbish from our landfills and incinerators (both of these options produce added carbon and other greenhouse gases). These materials are made into new products which reduces the need for new materials to be extracted from our planet.

We are constantly expanding our list of single use plastics we can recycle through TerraCycle, this is the current list:

  • Cat & dog food – plastic pouches & flexible bags (rinse in the sink please)
  • Baby food & yoghurt pouches, lids & baby snack wrappers – Ella‛s Kitchen & any other brand
  • Ballpoint pens, felt tips, biros, correction fluid, markers & highlighters
  • Flexible plastic from sweet biscuit, cake & cracker wrappers & crisp packets including multipacks
  • Plastic milk bottle tops – 2, 02, 4 or 04 displayed
  • Plastic air fresheners, cartridges & plastic air freshener packaging
  • Home cleaning products plastic bottle caps, trigger heads, pumps & cleaning wipe packaging
  • Dishwasher, cleaning & fragrance flexible packaging
  • Inkjet cartridges – only HP, Dell, Lexmark, Canon, Samsung, Neopost no refills
  • Toothpaste tubes & caps, toothbrushes, heads from electric & battery toothbrushes & all associated packaging
  • Personal care & beauty products – plastic bottle caps, trigger heads, pumps, tubes, roll-on-deodorant & flexible plastic wipe packaging
  • Cheese packaging – sliced cheese protective plastic film, flexible bags, pouches & netting
  • Marigold gloves & plastic packaging
  • Flexible plastic can ring carriers
  • Mobile phones – working or broken

We have lots of public drop off locations in Horsham District. To see the latest list of locations, learn how you can collect with us, promote it in your community and download our flyer visit this page.

If you want to set up your own TerraCycle recycling scheme to benefit a charity of not for profit organisation of your choice then visit http://www.terracycle.co.uk/en-UK/.

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.

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. We sell some of their merchandise on our recycled green stand, see some of their products 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. More information can be read here. All you need to do is put them in a bag then pop them in our collection bins, please don’t put them in loose!

These types of waste resources can be delivered to any of the following addresses (whichever is nearest to you):

  • William Penn Primary School, Coolham, Nr Billingshurst, RH13 8GR
  • Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham, RH12 1SL (please use the green bin by cottage door, right side of the main building, under the window)

Textile recycling for a good cause

Bags of Support

Horsham based mother of 3, Karrie 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 Horsham 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.

Ink cartridge recycling

Through the Sussex Greener Living campaign we recycle only HP, Dell, Lexmark, Canon, Samsung, Neopost cartridges. There are many other charities who collect ink cartridges diverting them from landfill and financially benefiting the given charity, more information can be found here. Our public drop off locations are:

  • William Penn Primary School, Coolham, Nr Billingshurst, RH13 8GR
  • Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham, RH12 1SL (please use the green bin by cottage door, right side of the main building, under the window)

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.

Milk bottle tops

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