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Sussex Greener Living Campaign – recycling for a good cause

Sussex Green Living have set up various recycling schemes which divert waste resources from landfill and into the circular economy (recycling companies). Money raised from collecting these materials financially benefits charities and not for profit organisations, as shown in the table below.

The most important thing is that we upcycle or recycle these materials rather than put them in the landfill. 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.

Landfill materials recycled to raise money…

Kenco upcycled shopping bagElla's Kitchen lunchbox upcycled

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.


Recycling scheme name What can be recycled Beneficiaries
McVitie’s Biscuit Wrapper Brigade® All sweet biscuit wrappers. Download a poster to promote here. William Penn School
The Frebreze Brigade® Any brands of cleaning products caps and trigger pumps, flexible packaging for kitchen and bathroom wipes and air care waste. Learn more here. William Penn School
The Colgate® Oral Care Recycling Programme Any brand of toothpaste tube, toothbrush and plastic packaging William Penn School
The Ella’s Kitchen Brigade® Any brand of fruit and vegetable pouches for babies William Penn School
The Writing Instruments Brigade® Every ballpoint pen, felt tip, propelling pen, correction fluid, marker and highlighter can be collected, regardless of their brand or material. William Penn School
Mobile phones Any brand working or broken. William Penn School –
Learn more here.
Coffee package recycling Tassimo plastic pots and outer foil packaging for coffee, tea and chocolate drinks. L’OR capsules and Kenco eco coffee refill bags.* William Penn School –
Aluminum ring pulls Any aluminum ring pulls (although they can be recycled in your bin at home, we like to donate them to the PCF). Purple Community Fund**
 Ink cartridges Only HP, Dell, Lexmark, Canon, Samsung and Neopost  William Penn School

Download a poster to promote all of these recycling schemes to your community here.

* SGL don’t recommend this product, due to the excessive use of packaging.  However if you can’t live without their products please make sure you recycle all the packaging here!

**Purple Community Fund – in other places on our site you will see this charity called the Philippine Community Fund, they renamed and rebranded the charity in 2016.

These are our drop off addresses, please use whichever is nearest to you:

  • William Penn Primary School, Coolham, Nr Billingshurst, RH13 8GR – as above
  • 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) – any recycling.
  • Or Carrie’s address for those that know me! – any recycling.
  • The Craft Tea Gift Shop, 15 Warwick St, Worthing BN11 3DF (recycling location for the aluminum ring pulls for the Philippine Community Fund).

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


Plastic milk bottle tops (2 and 4 only)

Milk bottle topsMembers of the public can recycle their plastic milk bottle tops in the Sussex Green Living (SGL) public collection bins, as detailed below.  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

Ronny the Recycling Robot

Photo courtesy of Steve Cobb WSCT

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!

Recycling 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) – any recycling
  • Or Carrie’s address for those that know me!

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

* Please note that as from 2018 we are no longer able to recycle toothpaste tubes or brushes*. We do still 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) – any recycling
  • Or Carrie’s address for those that know me!

Textile recycling for a good cause

Carrie from Sussex Green Living is the PTA recycling officer at the William Penn Primary School.  The school have three textile recycling schemes running, one is the sale of second hand school uniform, another selling second hand fancy dress costumes and we work with Bags of Support to recycle and reuse textiles. Twice a year parents sort through their clothing, materials and shoes, bagging up any unwanted material and then take them to the school.  Through Bags of Support any school can raise much needed funds and recycle unwanted clothing.

Members of the public are invited to drop off unwanted clothing, materials, bags, soft toys and shoes (we can take rags too) in a bin liner into the textile bin in the playground at William Penn Primary School in Coolham. Or you might like to set up your own scheme more information here.

Bags of support textile recycling

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!”

* 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. Drop off locations can be found here.  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.

Inhaler recycling

Inhalers can be recycled through 205 participating Co-operative Pharmacies as part of Complete the Cycle, a groundbreaking scheme from GlaxoSmithKline and TerraCycle.  Or you can find a recycling facility nearer your home or work here.

All you need to do is put the items in a second hand carrier bag, making sure each type of recycling is clean, dry and in separate bags. Write on the bag which cause you want the money to go towards. If there is no cause written on the bag the proceeds will be split between them.

 CD and DVD recycling

If they are in good condition you could give them to friends, family or a charity shop, give them away on Freecycle or Freegle, see below.  You can recycle them through your local Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS).  If you are needing to make a little extra money, you might consider sending them to Music Magpie who will sell them for you or you can donate the proceeds to a charity.  Some charities offer a recycling service along with their ink cartridge recycling envelopes.

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.


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