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 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).
  • Carrier bags and stretchy plastic is infinitely recyclable into new things and most supermarkets collect these.
  • Terracycle uses funding from companies to recycle a number of other plastics. The updated list that we can take is on the Sussex Green living link  here
  • Stylish Fido provide a drop off for empty clean pet food pouches and dry pet food packets at 41 Breach Close, BN44 3RZ. Please put clean used pouches in a carrier bag and put the whole thing in the bin
  • 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! Please flatten your crisp packets and try to separate types of recycling as much as possible. Thank you to everyone who flat packs their crisp packets!

    Our Farmers market collection

    Only specific plastic listed here (which companies pay to have recycled)

    Yes please! 
    (Bring separated into bread bags or carrier bags as these work well to keep same packaging types together and separate from other recycling. We will then recycling the bread bags.)
    In the wheelie bins
    1. FLATTENED crisps packets and snack wrappers  (inc nuts and popcorn ).
    2. Biscuit, cake and sweet wrappers (including cheddars and kitkats).
    3. Clean and dry pet food pouches and dried pet food bags
    In the grey boxes
    4.Trigger heads
    5. Bottle tops
    6. Used Pens
    7. Beauty products tubes and lids
    8. Toothpaste and plastic toothbrushes and heads
    In the rubbish bin
    9. Cheese wrappers, marigold gloves, baby food pouches, air fresheners, home cleaning wipes, dishwasher tablet packaging
    No thank you
    Any other plastic – including coffee packaging and any food wrapper not on this list. This isn’t because it’s a different type of plastic, it’s because nobody yet pays to recycle it.
    All stretchy and non crinkly food wrapping and packaging can be recycled with supermarket carrier bag recycling and this is mostly indicated on the packaging with a green symbol 

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

Where to recycle electrical items

Find out about Freegle – dating for ‘stuff’