Think Before You Throw

Waste costs, recycling earns

Waste is expensive - for our pockets and the planet. Once anything goes in the rubbish bin, there is a cost attached to collecting and disposing of that rubbish. We've got a whole page on food waste with all sorts of tips to help. Follow our posts on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


For more information on why it matters to think before you throw watch our video.

You’re already doing a good job in West Sussex!

West Sussex residents are already doing a good job, but as our film explains, there is more to be done. Below are three simple steps you can do straight away to help us on our way to saving £2.5 million.

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So, how you can help us in West Sussex?

Firstly, think before you throw anything out. Reducing what you waste is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment.

From thinking differently about what you buy, using re-usable items, recycling all that you can and by composting at home - there are lots of ways we can make a real difference.

Reduce your waste before you shop

  • Try and think about how you can reduce your waste before you shop. Try looking at buying things with a little less packaging or buying second hand items that may not have any packaging at all!

  • What about buying items that last a little longer?

  • Think about buying items that last a little longer too, for example rechargeable batteries last longer than disposable ones and can be used again and again. You can also think about using real crockery and cutlery instead of those throw away ones!

You can make a real difference

Even a little change like using reusable plates can make a real difference. And, if you ever forget to take reusable bags to the shop, try and pop a few in your car boot, just in case!

  1. Can it be recycled at home instead? We accept paper, card, tins, cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles, glass jars, aerosols, foil, all colours of plastic pots, tubs and trays, including black. To be extra helpful, we've listed the items which get missed the most - I want to recycle more. 
  2. Buy a compost bin and get composting from your kitchen as well as your garden. Prices start from £15 for West Sussex residents. Head over to our compost pages. I want to get composting.
  3. Cut back on your food waste. Throwing food away costs! This is the equivalent of £20 per month per person or £70 per month for a family of four.  Head over to our food waste page to find out how you can #FightAgainstFoodwaste

*Based on 2017/2018 Data