How you can help landfill families in the Philippines

Sussex Green Living is calling for local people to help landfill families in Manila, Philippines and it won’t cost you a penny. Read on to learn how….

Recycling. We know we have to do it and we are reminded regularly of the need to keep plastics, food and textiles out of our landfills. Of course, this is the right thing to do, it keeps greenhouse gas emissions down as well as reducing our consumption and energy usage. Read more

What to Do With Your Old Mattress

Getting a new bed or mattress can be a relief for your back, but unless the delivery of your new mattress includes the removal of the old one, it can also cause a headache as you find yourself with an old mattress to dispose of. So, in order from very bad to very good, what are your options?



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Food Waste – the big picture

Ok, hands up, who has ever thrown a banana skin in a bush after a picnic? Maybe chucked an apple core out of the window of your car whilst travelling down a quiet country road? I expect a few people have done this in the past. And why not? It’s biodegradable, right? Whilst this may horrify those who see it as littering, food waste is often considered ‘harmless’ to the environment, as it rots down and is eaten by detritivores or passing wildlife. At the worst it is considered unsightly or foul smelling for a short time. Read more

Recycling games for kids

Recycling is one of the most important actions you can take to help the environment and to preserve it, so that we can continue to live on a green and healthy planet instead of breathing in pollution and damaging the nature. And because of that, we should teach our children to recycle from a very young age, so when they grow up, they continue to recycle and continue to treat our environment better. Read more

More plastics recycled now!

At last residents in West Sussex, as of 1st April 2015, will be able to recycle more plastics in their household recycling bins. Prior to this date we were only able to recycle plastic bottles.

You might ask why we have only been able to recycle plastic bottles historically? Well until now there has not been a commercially viable market to sell the plastic waste resources to. Read more

Diverting plastics from landfill

Carrie Cort on the Sussex Green Living Recycled Green Stand launching a new recycling scheme*.

As part of this recycling scheme we are participating in a nationwide recycling competition called the Febreze Freshness Rewards Contest. By collecting these waste resources local people can help secure a share of £5,000, which the scheme sponsors Febreze are offering (£1,000 being the top prize). Read more

New recycling scheme

Press release 

Sussex Green Living and the William Penn Primary School are taking part in a nationwide recycling competition called the Febreze Freshness Rewards Contest and is asking local people to help them be in with a chance of winning a share of £5,000 of charity donations (including a £1,000 top prize).   This contest is part of a new recycling initiative that Sussex Green Living has signed up to called the Air and Home Care Brigade which enables local people to recycle used plastic air fresheners and plug-in refills, air and home care product trigger heads, pumps and caps Read more

How to Recycle Your Mobile Phone

Mobile Phone recyclingGetting a mobile phone used to be a big deal but these days most people have them, and many are getting a new phone every year or two. That’s a lot of extra electronic rubbish that often finds its way into landfills, even though the devices contain recyclable materials. If you’re getting a new phone, consider recycling your old one instead: it’s easy, costs you nothing, and in some cases you can even get a few pounds for your old devices.

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Rubbish or a craft resource?

After the festive season many people throw away their Christmas wrapping paper, Christmas cards and cracker content, not here!  These waste resources make stunning art materials for our Green Club.  Last week saw the start of our Pedro’s After School Green Club at the William Penn Primary School in Coolham, West Sussex. 15 children ranging from 6 to 11 came together to learn ways they can “upcycle” these materials into new Christmas resources. We made new crackers out of cardboard tubes, Christmas wrapping paper and unwanted cracker jokes and gifts.  Out of the Christmas cards we made present tags and Christmas cards for next year and thank you cards for this year.

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Why recycle electrical goods?

WEEE infographicWhat electrical items can I recycle?
Where can I recycle them?
Why should I recycle my electrical goods?
If you’re asking yourself these questions we can help. Here is a handy infographic giving useful facts and information all about electrical recycling. We hope you find this interesting and informative.

Organ donation is the ultimate in recycling…

By donating your organs, blood and or tissues after you die, you will help save and transform the lives of desperately ill people.  It really is the ultimate in recycling!  Read more

Fake v real Christmas Trees. Which is greener?

Christmas trees

Our trees, our planet, our future.

In recent years the overall sale of real trees has declined in both the UK and US suggesting that perhaps, as environmental awareness increases, people are opting for the more eco-friendly tree. The producers of both will argue a strong case for their businesses but there are a lot of factors to take in to account when comparing them.  Which one is greener …..




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Christmas Waste – 6 Obscene Facts You Didn’t Know

Pedro ChristmasLove Christmas Hate Waste

Christmas is just around the corner and you can be forgiven for wondering where the time has gone. It seems like it was September just the other day. With all this happening around, your recycling might not come to the forefront of your Christmas plans.

According to a study by WRAP, we throw away 230,000 tonnes of food worth £275 million during the festive period, Read more

Biscuit wrapper recyclers

Biscuit wrapper recyclingCongratulations!

Together with the top 20 collectors on the McVitie’s Biscuit Wrapper Roundup, the William Penn Primary School with the help of Sussex Green Living and other competitors have saved over 47,000 Biscuit Wrappers from landfill!  Read more

Gardeners: Leave Your Leaves

leaf recyclingDo not rake up the leaves in your garden, let the best recyclers do their job!  This is a busy time of year for earthworms. And resisting the temptation to tidy away Autumn leaves not only feeds these subterranean creatures but fertilizes the soil, making them one of the gardener’s best friends. Read more

Bottle top recycling success story

Milk bottle tops

Written by Martin Cooke…..

I have coordinated the collection and then sale of milk bottle tops at St Paul’s Church for over 7 years, on behalf of the church’s “eco-group”. In that time GHS recycling Ltd (at Hilsea) has bought nearly £1,400 Read more

William Penn School 13th in National biscuit wrapper recycling competition

Biscuit wrapper recycling postersHot news…. William Penn Primary School comes 13th in a UK wide biscuit wrapper recycling competition!

Sussex Green Living have been working with the William Penn Primary School in Coolham to launch and establish their TerraCycle recycling schemes, more information can be seen here. One of the waste resources they can recycle is sweet biscuit wrappers. The recycling scheme is sponsored by Mc Vitie’s, here are the competition results from TerraCycle……

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Going Green Family Style

Green familiesGoing green is something we all should do, not just us as individuals, but as whole families. We’re not talking Saint Patrick’s Day or yard beautification. We’re talking about energy conservation, renewable energy, recycling and sustainable living.

Going green as a family is not only good for the environment, but it can also end up being excellent for your long-term bottom-line. Want to know more? Here are some great tips to get you started. Read more

Baby toilet wipes and the 3 P’s!

blocked pipes

Guess what this is?

I’m guessing you have heard about the 3 R’s in relation to waste – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, well have you heard about the 3 P’s?  Well Southern Water tell us more…..

Southern Water would like to remind customers to only flush the three Ps down the toilet – pee, poo and paper. Read more

Visit to the West Sussex recycling facility

Viridor Materials Recycling Facility SussexHave you ever wondered where your household recycling bin contents goes and what happens to it?  Well here is your chance to go and see for yourself.   The West Sussex County Council Ford Material Recycling Facility (MRF) operated by Viridor is opening its doors to West Sussex householders……………



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The Very Mysterious Black Sack!!

old manMy office used to be an Eco Centre. Today an elderly gent shuffled in with a look of real surprise on his face as he realised it was no longer the place he expected it to be. Over his shoulder he was carrying a large, black plastic sack which was almost, at bursting point. “I’ve brought my milk bottle tops in for recycling,” he said. I quickly explained that the centre had moved but I could help, as my daughter runs recycling schemes and I could pass them on to her. As I spoke, I wondered how in the world I would manage to carry his huge sack home on the train as well as my own things. He took a hand-full of milk bottle tops (unwashed) from one grubby pocket and from the other he extracted a crushed can and left still clutching his black sack thanking me for being so obliging. I still have no idea, what the big black sack contained but what I can tell you is that the milk bottle tops continue to arrive a pocket full at a time!

By Reverend Jean Francis, Carrie’s Mother.  She’s a Interfaith Minister and spiritual counsellor trained by the ‘One Spirit Interfaith Foundation.  More information about her services can be found here


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An evolving World of Green Initiatives

Getting off the Couch: Exploring a World of Green Initiatives

I’ll be honest… television almost ruined travelling for me. Why wander the streets of Rome renewable energy in citiesor climb the snow-packed peaks of the Rockies when I could watch someone else do it on T.V.? My urge to explore had run head first into a crisis of confidence. As an ecologically conscientious 21st Century man, how could I justify going to all the places I longed to see? For a year, I barely ventured away from my couch. Thankfully, others didn’t give up so easily, and with the proliferation of Green Initiatives; I got over my hesitation about as quickly as it takes to switch the channel. Read more

Two new Community Compost schemes launch

Community compost schemeBrighton & Hove celebrated the annual International Compost Awareness Week on Saturday 11th May with the launch of two new community compost schemes initiated by local residents. The first, for residents of Ingram Crescent in Hove, where over 30 households signed up to the scheme. A second scheme was launched on the same day for residents of Vernon Terrace, bringing the total number of households now involved in community composting to over 500. Read more

Home Composter Offer for Sussex

Where to put your composterIt is National Compost Week 6th – 12th May 2013 and West Sussex County Council are offering home composters to residents.  WSCC aim to treat waste as high up the waste hierarchy as possible and home composters are one, easy way to help residents turn green waste into black gold for the garden.

Tell friends, family and anyone who wants to create free soil improver from their green and vegetable waste.

The offer:

With the 220 litre compost bin at £13 with a multi buy offer of ‘buy one get one half price’, and the 330 litre bin at £16 with the same

Learn more about composting here. 

Order a composter or two here. 

Learn more about National Compost Week.


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Earth Day Pledges

Pedro: help save the world!

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day is on the 22nd April every year and is the day designated for fostering appreciation of the earth’s environment and awareness of the issues that threaten it.  Make a pledge, you don’t need to change your habits dramatically to help out.  If lots of people all over the globe pledge  “acts of green,” we will make a difference.  Read 10 ideas below or watch our video:

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