Recycling in East Sussex

Recycling in East Sussex

The following information was accurate at the time of publishing for East Sussex. We will endevour to keep this updated as soon as any changes come into effect.

Some essential information about recycling at home.

Includes details for what you can, and cannot recycle and, other info to help make recycling more efficient at home in East Sussex.

When you see what items cannot be recycled easily it will highlight why switching to more eco-friendly products is beneficial to the environment and our future.

Placing items in your bin that cannot be recycled can interrupt the recycling stream. This can cause increased processing costs and energy use. Worse still, contaminating recycling can cause entire loads to be directed to landfill or end up being burnt for energy.

Items accepted in your recycling bin

The following information explains the materials above in more detail.


Clean Means: Free of leftover food and drink
Dry Means: Dry... Keep your recycling dry once in the bin
Loose Means: Do not bag up your recycling (except shredded paper - see below)

Aluminium Foil

Only true aluminium foil can be recycled. The scrunch test will help identify aluminium foil that can be placed in your recycle bin.

If it springs back open after being scrunched then it is not true foil and cannot be recycled. Examples of items that are not recyclable are: Crisp packets, food pouches & chocolate bar wrappers.

Clean aluminium foil can be put in your recycling bin.

Dirty foil or any foil that springs open after being scrunched cannot be recycled as it contains plastic. It is difficult to recycle aluminium foil that is mixed with plastic.

Glass Bottles & Jars

Not all glass can be recycled at home in your recycle bin. Drink glasses, Pyrex dishes and other glass products have different chemical properties. Only Glass bottles and Jars can be recycled at home.

Metal lids from glass bottles and jars can be recycled but they must be loose in order to be sorted correctly. Ensure these are removed before placing in your recycle bin.

Clean glass bottles and jars can be put in your recycling bin including the metal lids if removed.

Plastic Bottles & Containers

There are many types of plastic and a lot of it cannot be recycled.

Clean plastic bottles & containers can be put in your recycling bin.

CAN BE RECYCLED: Bottle caps (best left on bottles), plastic bottles and containers (marked 1 PET, 2HDPE, 5PP)

CANNOT BE RECYCLED: Toothpaste Tubes - Make the switch to our PlanetWood Dentin™ Toothpaste Tablets - They're 100% Natural & Certified.

We should all be making a conscious decision to reduce the amount of single use plastics that we use. Better still to stop using it altogether.

Paper & Cardboard

Most paper, card and cardboard items can be recycled at home. You cannot recycle paper towels or tissues.

Shredded paper can be recycled as long as it is in an envelope or paper bag.

Magazines and catalogs can all be recycled, as long as the plastic film they may be delivered in are removed first.

Clean, dry paper & card can be put in your recycling bin.

Only paper based wrapping paper can be recycled - think scrunch test.

Metal Cans & Aerosols

All food, drink and pet food cans can be put in your recycling bin. This includes biscuit & sweet tins and also metal lids such as jam jar tops.

Aerosols such as deodorant and hair sprays cans be recycled. DO NOT pierce them as there is a risk of injury.

Clean metal tins, cans & aerosols can be put in your recycling bin.

Only metal cans, aerosols & lids can be recycled at home. Do not place other metal items into your recycle bin (accept aluminium foil as described above).

Eastbourne, Wealden, Hastings & Rother Council Area Residents

In addition to the above those in the Eastbourne, Wealden, Hastings & Rother council area can recycle plastic carrier bags, plastic film and bin liners, except black bin liners. You cannot recycle these items at home if you live in the Lewes council area.

This also means that if recycling shredded paper then you can also use a plastic bag to put your shreddings in rather than just paper based bags or envelopes.

Always check with your local council if your are in doubt about what can or cannot be recycled at home.