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Recycle Week 2021 -recycle aerosols

It’s national Recycle Week so what better time for us to remind you about what can and can’t be recycled at home.

This year we’re all being urged to ‘Step It Up’ in the fight against climate change and take action to protect our environment through better recycling habits. 

Reducing our waste and recycling more of the right things, more often, are simple steps which we can all take to help.

Recycling A - Z


Do you know what can and can't be recycyled in West Sussex? Take a look at our A-Z of recycling guide 

We know most of you are already doing a good job at recycling, but there’s always more to be done. Some recyclable items that are commonly missed around the home include:

  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays (any colour, including black plastic)
  • Card (corrugated and non-corrugated)
  • Newspapers, magazines and other recyclable paper
  • Shampoo and shower gel bottles
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Cans and aerosols. 

It's also really important you make sure your recycling is:

  • CLEAN - free from food and drink leftovers - a quick rinse will do.
  • DRY - keep your recycling bin lid shut – soggy paper and cardboard can’t be recycled and can clog up machinery when sorted.
  • LOOSE – not tied up in plastic bags.

Download and keep our handy fridge flyer.

For more tips and advice, follow West Sussex recycles on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and #RecycleWeek on social media.

What you can recycle at home and how to prepare it

Recycling advice at Libraries

Libraries across West Sussex are joining forces for Recycle Week to create recommended reading lists for recycling and install special book displays.

Waste Prevention Advisers will be on hand to answer residents’ questions about recycling at Crawley Library today (Tuesday 21), and tomorrow (Wednesday 22 September) between 10.00am and 11.30am.

Changes to opening hours at Recycling Centres

Recycling Centre

Winter opening hours at all 11 Recycling Centres in West Sussex start on 1 October 2021. The opening times for centres will be 9am - 4pm until 31 March 2022.

Most sites will continue to open on the same days with the exception of Burgess Hill, Chichester, Worthing, and Crawley which will open for six days a week during the winter months. Chichester will close on Tuesdays and Burgess Hill, Worthing, and Crawley will close on Thursdays. Horsham will close on Tuesday and Wednesday each week.

To offer you a robust and reliable service all year long, we reduce the opening hours at our Recycling Centres during winter months when the demand is lower. This means we can keep the sites open for longer hours over the summer months when demand is much higher.

More information on Recycling Centres, how to book an appointment at certain sites, and how to apply for a permit if needed, can be found at

Covid-19 latest update

Coronavirus - keep us in the right direction

It’s really important that we continue to be cautious and do all we can to reduce the spread of coronavirus and keep each other safe.

 Here’s how to do your bit:

  • Test regularly – order or pick up test kits or have a supervised test at a local pharmacy. Find out more about testing here
  • Have both doses of the vaccination. Book online, call 119 or visit a walk-inclinic
  • Remember: hands, face, space, let fresh air in.

See our Data Dashboard at the link below for the latest Covid-19 statistics for our county including case rates, testing numbers and number of vaccinations. Please use this information and our recommendations to help you protect yourself and others.

View local Covid-19 data

Let's get active!

Boy on bike in helmet

Transport is one of the main contributors to carbon emissions in West Sussex. As part of our climate change awareness we are keen to support initiatives that support active and sustainable travel.

Bike to School Week takes place next week (27 September-1 October). It is a great way for children, parents, carers and teachers to give travel to and from school by bike a go! Please share your experiences on social media by using the hashtag #ThinkActiveTravel.

And along the way, enjoy the fresh air and freedom that cycling provides, find out the best cycling routes around your neighbourhood, and put your cycle skills to good use.

If you are looking for a new walking challenge to boost your fitness and well-being, you might like to visit Slow Ways. This unique network of over 7,000 suggested walking routes between neighbouring cities, towns and villages was drafted online by volunteers during the Spring 2020 lockdown. Slow Ways are looking for people to walk, review and verify them all - checking over 100,000km of routes across Great Britain.  

It's also Lift Share Week on 4-10 October. During the daily rush hour there are up to 38 million empty car seats in the UK! So, if you want to #CommuteBackBetter in a more sustainable way but can't give up your car, please consider car sharing.

The West Sussex Car Share site helps you find someone to share your journey with to begin saving money. Car sharing is also a great way to alleviate the stress caused by travel and reduce road and parking congestion. View our video here

Government car sharing guidance for England recommends that sharers have fixed travel partners and ensure the vehicle is well ventilated through the use of a ventilation system or opening windows. Shared vehicles should be cleaned between shifts or before each handover. You can see the full guidance here.

Read our school travel press release 

Find out about our active travel projects

Volunteer drivers wanted

young carers

Our Young Carers Service is recruiting volunteers to help out one evening a week during school term time by driving a child to a weekly group.

Please spread the word among your local voluntary group contacts and residents.

Email for more information or to apply (closing date 27 September).

More info about volunteering with young people

did you know  

Our consultation on the Draft West Sussex Transport Plan (WSTP) ends at midnight on Friday 8 October 2021– please make sure you take this opportunity to take part and have your say before the consultation ends.

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