Stunning single use plastic stats!

We are really excited to share our latest stats and facts showing the impacts of our single-use plastic recycling scheme, which was launched in 2012 in partnership with TerraCycle. In the early days Carrie the founder of Sussex Green Living and her young son Adam sorted and dispatched the recycling, now we have about 20 volunteers aged 8 – 90. Our main public drop off locations are at the William Penn School in Coolham and the Horsham Quaker Meeting House. We also have community micro-drop off locations in: Leechpool School in Horsham, Rudgwick Youth Club, Thakham Village Hall, Storrington Community Market (once a week), Slinfold and Henfield. There are thousands of people collecting for us from all over the county. Over the eight years we have run this special recycling scheme we have diverted millions of pieces of single-use plastic from landfill and incinerator. Most of our single use plastic recycling raises money for the William Penn School.

Prior to the stats shown below we collected TerraCycle waste resources for the benefit of WAKOOS a nursery for children in Billingshurst and Horsham Matters, these statistic are not shown below.

Free Recycling Programme Units Collected
The Pet Food Recycling Programme 9,927
The Ring Carrier Recycling Programme – new recycling brigade 0
The Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme – since December 2018 43,880
EllaCycle 8,475
The Writing Instruments Recycling Programme 10,001
The pladis Biscuits and Snacks Recycling Programme 24,462
The Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Programme 2,044
The Colgate® Oral Care Recycling Programme 3,188
The RB® Hygiene Home Recycling Programme – new recycling brigade 0
The Air, Home and Laundry Care Recycling Programme 2,342
Coffee Packaging Recycling Programme – recycling brigade ended 1,486
Mobile Phone Brigade® – recycling brigade ended 207
The Laptop Brigade® – recycling brigade ended 4
The Kenco Eco Refill Brigade® – recycling brigade ended 594
Tassimo® & L’OR® Recycling Programme – TerraCycle reduced the number of beneficiaries, to reduce costs, we still receive public waste and volunteers deliver to Findon nearest official collector 91,634
The Activia® Yogurt Brigade® – recycling brigade ended 10,361
JOHNSON’S® Baby Wipes Packaging Brigade® – recycling brigade ended 1,957

Learn more about this special recycling scheme and download our poster to start collecting here.

Meet some of the Sussex Green Living recycling volunteers – endearingly called the Wombles!

Some of our ‘Wednesday Wombles’ sorting crisp packets.

Joy Carter sorting single use plastics from the William Penn School

Joy inducting one of our new volunteers Fiona. Fiona has set up drop off locations in Thakeham and Storrington





Carrie Cort with milk bottle tops for the Springboard Project

Joy Carter, chief Womble at the William Penn School now.

Some of our special single use plastic recycling bins at the Quaker Meeting House in Horsham




Jill Shuker helping with the horrible Tassimo coffee recycling.







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