Single-Use Plastic Recycling

There are many single-use plastic items that we use everyday like toothbrushes, confectionery wrappers and make up that can’t be recycled by the council. Sussex Green Living have set up community recycling collection points across Horsham District for these and many other products through partnership with TerraCycle. TerraCycle an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle materials. This scheme helps diverts billions of waste resources from our landfills and incinerators, recycling them to make new products.

Income generated through our recycling benefits: Purple Community Fund, Springboard Project, William Penn School, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance and Sussex Green Living.

Soft plastic packaging can now be recyced at local supermarkets, view our supermarket recycling page to find out what items your local store takes.

What We Can Recycle

These posters show in more detail the waste resources we recycle through TerraCycle. Our parish micro drop-off locations can choose to recycle – one, some or all of these waste types.

Where to Find Us

We have recycling drop off locations in Horsham and many local villages across the county.

For your nearest site and a flyer for your fridge of what we recycle, click on the buttons below.

Any questions, comments or if you are interested in setting up a drop-off location in your community, please email

Horsham District Village recycling point

Recycling for Charity

Sussex Green Living have set up various recycling schemes which divert waste resources, mainly single-use plastics, from landfill and into the circular economy.  Money raised from collecting these materials financially benefits charities and not-for-profit organisations.

The most important thing is that we upcycle or recycle these materials rather than put them in landfill or incinerators. Many of these materials are likely to take hundreds if not thousands of years to biodegrade into something we might ever be able to use again.

We work with a number of charities which recycle waste items that the council can’t usually take like ink cartridges, textiles, milk bottle tops and ring pulls.

Income generated through our recycling benefits: Purple Community FundSpringboard ProjectWilliam Penn SchoolKent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance and Sussex Green Living.

Ink Cartridge Recycling

We recycle ANY inkjet cartridges and refills, receiving a donation for Original Cartridges to help with our ongoing work. Our public drop off locations are:

  • William Penn Primary School, Coolham, Nr Billingshurst, RH13 8GR
  • Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham, RH12 1SL (please use the green bin by cottage door, right side of the main building, under the window)
  • Sussex Green Hub, last Saturday of the month, United Reformed Church, RH12 2RG
  • Plus other locations seen here

Ink cartridge recycling at work or school

If you would like to set up a collection box at work or school, up to £2 per cartridge will be donated to our environmental work. Just order a pre-paid box or bag from Recycle4Charity and use the Sussex Green Living code C73431.

Milk bottle top recycling

Plastic Milk Bottle Tops

Plastic bottle tops (attached to the bottle) can be recycled in WSCC household recycling bins but you can donate the lids at our drop offs and support the Springboard Project, Horsham – a community based charity that provides inclusive play and leisure opportunities for families with young children and teenagers with disabilities.

Plastic milk bottle tops can be recycled to make hard plastic toys for children, such as slides and other garden toys. They also go to make more bottle tops!

Income generated from this recycling benefits the Springboard Project in Horsham. It is a community based charity that provides inclusive play and leisure opportunities for families with young children and fun short breaks for children and teenagers with disabilities.

Plastic bottle tops can be recycled in WSCC household recycling bins (squash the air out of the bottle and then put the lid on when the bottle is dry and clean) but we would prefer to give the plastic milk bottle lids to the Springboard Project. If you would like to donate your bottle lids, take them to one of our Horsham District drop off locations as seen here.

The milk bottle lids need to be:

  • Washed and clean.
  • Free of any paper, rubber or foil inserts or labels.
  • Lids which display in a triangle on the underside of the lid the number 2, 02, 4 or 04.

Aluminium Ring Pull Recycling

Aluminium ring pulls can be recycled in council recycling bins, however we collect them for the Purple Community Fund, which helps Filipino families as part of their livelihood programme. The majority of these families earn a living from recycling the cities’ waste collected from landfills. The programme provides training for women to earn sustainable, reliable incomes by making upcycled products and have the opportunity to start their own business to support their family and keep their children in school.

The aluminium ring pulls we collect are upcycled into merchandise and we sell some of items at Events and at our monthly Sussex Green Hub.

Drop and Donate – put them in a bag and then pop them in our village collection bins or bring them to the Sussex Green Hub.

Purple Community Fund recycle ring pulls
Textile recycling

Textile Recycling

West Sussex based mother of 3, Karrie, set up Bags of Support in 2012. She was frustrated by the amount of textile waste produced in this country and the simultaneous need for clothing abroad. This great community organisation helps to raise money for schools, prevents textiles from going to landfill and provides an ongoing supply of clothing and shoes to poor families in Romania as well as supporting communities in Uganda and Malawi.

There is no limit on the number of collections you can have but Bags of Support recommends one a term for the best results.

The clothes need to be clean and in good condition.

To book a one off collection or set up a recycling scheme, email or call 07917 797084. Money raised can go to your school, charity, community initiative or to support Bags of Support work!

What can be recycled where

Still not sure where an item can be recycled?

Based on our latest research, we have compiled a list of key packaging items and where they can be recycled. Click on the image opposite to download and stick on your fridge.

If we have missed something out, please help us keep this page up-to-date by emailing

What can be recycled where

Council Recycling

As well as the regular kerbside collection recycling, West Sussex County Council also offer recycling of Hard Plastics, Coffee Pods, Textiles, Large Furniture Items, Garden Waste.

Supermarket Recycling

Most supermarkets take soft plastics (more than just your carrier bags!) as well as batteries, water filter cartridges.

Don’t Recycle!

Have you thought about reusing your packaging and refilling? Or can your item be repaired. Find out more about refills and repair cafes in your area.

Ink Cartridge Recycling at Work or School

If you would like to set up a collection box at work or school, up to £2 per cartridge will be donated to our environmental work. Order a pre-paid box or bag from Recycle4Charity.