From the beginning of April 2015 Horsham residents can now recycle a greater range of plastics. Plastic containers such as yoghurt pots, ice cream tubs, fruit and vegetable punnets and ready meal trays can be placed into the household recycling collection (the big wheelie bin with the blue lid) alongside plastic drink, detergent and bathroom bottles. The only requirement is that they are clean, dry and loose, i.e. not in a carrier bag. Householders also need to remove all of the thin plastic lid that is found on meat containers for example. The list below is adapted from the West Sussex Recycling site:

Yes please

  • All plastic bottles e.g. drinks, bathroom and detergent bottles
  • All plastic pots e.g. yoghurt, cream and cottage cheese pots
  • All plastic tubs e.g. ice cream, margarine, cosmetics, and laundry tubs
  • All plastic food trays e.g. food, meat, fruit, microwave trays and Easter egg packaging
  • All plastic Lids e.g. container & jar lids

No thanks:

  • Plastic films e.g. cling film, the covers of food trays and peel-back lids
  • Plastic bags e.g. carrier bags, bin liners, cereal bags, sandwich bags, and bread bags
  • Plastic bottle tops
  • Crisp packets and wrappers
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic toys
  • Garden plastics e.g. Plant pots, seed trays, tools and furniture

Previously these plastics found their way to the Biffa Mechanical Biological Treatment state of the art facility north of Horsham where they would have been segregated and incinerated to extract heat. The ash would go to landfill. In 2013/14 41.1% of waste was recycled*, now it can be a higher percentage.

Finally, please take the time to watch the promotional video on West Sussex County Council’s site:

* source Recycle for West Sussex