We are urging everyone to Rethink and use less plastic where they can – for example, try out the milkman to replace plastic milk bottles (dairy and non dairy) or visit a zero waste shop or the Farmers Market with your own containers (see our post about where you can buy refills here). But this page should help you find out what you can recycle where and inspire you to put less plastic in your bin!

We work in partnership with Sussex Green Living and Terracycle. We’d recommend the various videos on this page to take you through what happens at Terracycle and our local recycling plant.


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Plastic, what plastic?

Recycling of items that can’t go in your blue topped bin

  • Remember your Horsham District Council bin will take any form of shaped plastic. (Lids need to be larger than a jam jar size).
  • You can now recycle soft plastics like film lids on yoghurt pots, soft fruit punnets and ready meals, as well as plastic crisp packets, pasta bags, bread bags and chocolate or biscuit wrappers at the Co-op and most supermarkets collect carrier bags back.
  • Terracycle uses funding from companies to recycle a number of other plastics. Any monies received from producers are donated to the local schools and charities. The updated list that we can take is on the Sussex Green living link here
  • Volunteers will bring bins to the Farmers Market on the first Saturday of every month. If you’d like to help us sort it afterwards, please get in touch!

Our Farmer’s market collection

We collect on behalf of Upper Beeding primary school, to raise money for them, and Sussex Green Living, to raise money for the Air Ambulance. Both in partnership with Terracycle, who are funded by companies to recycle these plastics. All plastic bottles, large and small, go in your blue bin as do all metal lids and any plastic lid larger than jam jar size. It helps us if you sort into the correct bin at the Farmers market.


We are no longer taking flexible snack wrappers. Please recycle your crisps, popcorn, biscuits, cake, sweets and chocolate wrappers through the Co-Op or other supermarkets. Or take them to Recycling in Lancing, Worthing boys club or Horsham Quaker meeting house who have partnerships with Terracycle.

 What we collect each Farmers Market.

Food packaging

  • Cheese Packaging
  • Bakery Wrappers
  • Taylors of Harrogate packets (other brands of coffee packaging to the Co-op)
  • Cows milk bottle tops
  • Other plastic bottle tops separate from milk, cleaning and beauty product tops

Home cleaning packaging

  • Carex packaging
  • Flexible laundry washing capsules and pods packaging
  • Trigger heads from home cleaning products (although why not refill and reuse?) and plastic lids from cleaning bottles
  • Marigold Gloves(only) and their wrappers
  • Dishwasher and cleaning wipe packaging

Personal care packaging

  • Toothpaste tubes and caps, plastic toothbrushes. No interdental brushes please
  • Pumps from liquid soap, shampoo and beauty products together with plastic lids from these products, plastic deodorant containers with caps and face wipe packaging
  • Flexible tubes from hand, face and body creams and make up containers


  • Plastic pens, markers, tipex and highlighters

 Also collected in Steyning 

  • Batteries can be left in a bag on top of your blue bin on collection day
  • Green and Healthy on the high street collect Brita branded water filters
  • Steyning stationers collect branded printer ink cartridges
  • Robinsons opticians collect disposable contact lens containers
  • Majestic wine merchants collect used corks (but you can leave them with us at the Farmers market to reduce the number of journeys)
  • You can send off to Gillette for a bag to recycle plastic razors

Or, if you’re travelling to Horsham take these items to Sussex Green Living’s main drop off location at the Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, RH12 1SL. Further information or where you can learn about other village drop off locations in Horsham District.

Or to Lancing to ‘Douglas’ 34 Firle Road, BN15 0NZ. Further info here or

There are other local shops or voluntary organisations who collect recyclable items:

Use the links below to help you find out what you can recycle and where:

West Sussex County Council Recycling A-Z

And here you can find out what happens to all your recycling from your Council bins

Sussex Green Living recycling zone

Recycle Now Postcode checker

For updated information of where to recycle Brita water filters, please go to Brita’s website

Horsham DC collect small electricals

Find out about Freegle – dating for ‘stuff’

You can send off to Gillette for a bag to recycle plastic razors