New Recycling Service

We are making it easier for residents to recycle by introducing a single wheelie bin for all your paper, plastics, cans, cardboard and glass. This new approach to recycling in the district will mean more is recycled and that’s good for the environment.

What will happen

Please continue to leave your recycling bags and boxes out as normal. We will deliver your new 240 litre wheelie bin and collect the old containers. Once you receive your bin you can simply put all of your recycling in without having to sort it.

What if a 240 litre bin is too big or difficult to manage

The 240l wheelie bins we will be delivering to residents are standard sized, measuring 108cm (42½") high, 74cm (29") wide, 59cm (23") deep.

If the 240l wheelie bin is too large for you to store, then we can also offer a smaller 140l wheelie bin, which measures just 106cm (42") high, 55cm (22") wide, 48cm (19") deep, or you can even continue to use your existing boxes and bags. You can request a smaller bin by filling out this online form.

We also offer assisted collections for anyone who needs it. These can be for rubbish or recycling.

Collection days

Your refuse and recycling days will remain the same. You can check your collection days and download your recycling calendar on our waste and recycling collection day page

We will continue to collect your food waste and garden waste as usual. Visit our food waste page or garden waste page for more information or if you would like to sign up to these services.

What about the old containers

We will take your recycling boxes and bags away on your usual collection day when we deliver your new wheelie bin.

If you share recycling bins with neighbours, for example if you live in a flat, your new recycling arrangements may vary.

When will it happen

The new service will be introduced in stages starting in East Saltdean, Telscombe and Peacehaven from November. The service will then be introduced across the district.

Not all residents will receive a new wheelie bin straight away so you can continue to recycle as normal until then. For more information on our current collections go to our kerbside recycling service

New wheelie bin delivery timetable

 November 2017  East Saltdean, Telscombe and Peacehaven
 January and February 2018  Newhaven, South Heighton and Seaford
 March 2018  Piddinghoe, Rodmell, Kingston and villages south of the A27
 April 2018  Lewes and Ringmer
 By July 2018  All other areas

Recycling do’s

Please put all recyclable items in clean, dry and loose (not in bags). Remove all lids before recycling them. Please remember we cannot empty your recycling bin if it contains household waste or non-recyclable materials.

What can go in the bin

Yes please

  • Glass
  • Paper (including magazines and catalogues)
  • Cardboard and greetings cards
  • Drinks cans
  • Biscuit and sweet tins
  • Clean kitchen foil
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Plastic bottles
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Lids (take off all lids before putting them in the new recycling bin)
  • Plastic and cardboard egg boxes
  • Fruit and vegetable plastic punnets
  • Ready meal trays
  • Plastic meat trays

No thanks

  • Coffee cups Laminated or glittery wrapping paper
  • Foil-lined containers (juice cartons) Plastic carrier bags and sacks
  • Plastic film (sandwich packs, cling film)
  • Scrap metal and electrical items – please take these the your local household waste recycling centre
  • Batteries – you can recycle these at most supermarkets
  • Tetra Pak and textiles – please take these to a mini-recycling site

You can download a full list of what we can and cannot take below