Issue 20 January 2021


Ten tips to manage your rubbish and recycling during Lockdown

Top 10 waste and recycling tipsWith everyone at home during lockdown and changes to our lifestyles, such as increased online shopping and deliveries, food waste and packaging, you may find that your bin is feeling the strain and filling up fast. Please be mindful of the extra demand this can place on both our collection crews and the potential impact on your neighbours, particularly if you share communal rubbish and recycling facilities.

Here’s a few top tips from our waste and recycling team to combat bulging bins and managing waste…. 

#1 – Flatpack cardboard boxes and break them down before placing in the recycling bin

#2 - Squash down tin cans, plastic bottles and containers (remember to remove the lid first!)

#3 – Take the air out of any black sacks or bags placed in your rubbish bin before tying securely

#4 – Are you recycling all you can? Visit and free up space in your rubbish bin 

#5 – If bring banks are full, don’t leave items such as clothes and books as they can’t be recycled

#6 – Resist stocking up on perishable food items and cook up any leftovers. Visit for recipe ideas.

#7 - Some electrical items can be repaired, store them somewhere safe until local repair cafés re-open

#8 – Having a spring clean? Keep hold of old clothes, shoes and bric-a-brac until charity shops re-open. Please don’t bin them!

#9 – Freeze food that is reaching its use by date. Visit the A-Z of food storage at to find out more

#10 – Don’t leave rubbish or recycling on top of bins as they can’t be emptied


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Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) across West Sussex remain open, but to keep themselves and key workers safe, people should avoid travel to the sites unless waste cannot be safely stored or put out for normal kerbside collection.  

All sites are open to their regular winter hours, visit for more details.

Social distancing measures remain in place across all sites.

West Sussex County Council will continue to update residents via their social media channels, search for West Sussex Recycles on Facebook, or WSRecycles on Twitter and Instagram.