Recycling collections - new arrangements

From the end of June 2019, there will be some changes to who collects your rubbish and recycling, as well as some changes to the arrangements for dealing with the recycling afterwards.

Biffa will be taking over the collection rounds (previously from Kier) for Hastings, Rother and Wealden Councils, and Eastbourne and Lewes Councils will carry out collections via an in-house service.

Glass bottles and jars will now go in your recycling wheelie bin mixed with the rest of your recycling, and cartons (Tetra Paks) will no longer be accepted for recycling but placed in your black bag rubbish bin and used to make electricity at the Newhaven Energy Recovery Facility.

Once the recycling has been collected by the Borough and District Councils contractors, it will be sorted at Viridor’s Crayford Materials Recycling Facility in Kent. The arrangement is via a 7 year contract between the County Council and Viridor worth £20 million dealing with around 50,000 tonnes of mixed recycling each year.

The County Council continues to work with Veolia to process black bag waste at the Newhaven Energy Recovery Facility; process Brighton & Hove’s recycling at the Hollingdean Materials Recovery Facility in Brighton; produce compost from garden waste at the Woodlands facility in Whitesmith; and operate a network of Household Waste Recycling Sites and Waste Transfer Stations across East Sussex.

What can I put in my recycling wheelie bin under these new arrangements?

Collections will mostly happen in the same way however, to make the service more convenient and easier, you should now place glass bottles and jars straight into your main recycling wheelie bin. The following materials will be accepted:

  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Shredded paper (in clear bags)
  • Food tins
  • Drink cans
  • Aluminium foil
  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Plastic bottles (squashed with lids put back on)
  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays
  • Plastic bags and film
  • Plastic packaging

Residents are asked to keep their recycling clean, dry and loose please.

What can't I put in my recycling wheelie bin?

  • Food/drinks/Tetra Pak cartons
  • Batteries
  • Pyrex/ovenproof glassware
  • Drinking glasses
  • Crockery
  • Window panes
  • Mirrors
  • Light bulbs
  • Black plastic bags
  • Food waste
  • Garden waste
  • Polystyrene/bubble wrap
  • Hard plastics e.g. toys and plant pots
  • Foil-lined plastic pouches and bags e.g. crisp packets
  • Textiles
  • Household refuse

Food and Drinks Cartons (Tetra Pak) – although this has been accepted for recycling in the past, you will no longer be able to put cartons (Tetra Pak) into your recycling wheelie bins. They should instead be placed in your black bag rubbish bin and will be used to make electricity at the Energy Recovery Facility in Newhaven.

This is because cartons (Tetra Pak) are now treated as a containment which can cause whole recycling loads to be rejected. Even in schemes in other areas where cartons are permitted, it is often costly and inefficient. In general, cartons (Tetra Pak) are comprised of 6 layers of material (including 2 types of plastic) which need to be separated. The paperboard fibres are recycled into pulp and used to make household products such as paper towels and toilet paper but usually the remaining plastic and aluminium compound residue – called PolyAl – is incinerated at facilities such as the Newhaven Energy Recovery Facility. Until such time that more efficient and economic methods of recycling cartons are available, we’re keen to preserve the quality of the recycling we’re collecting from local residents.

What should I do with my recycling box previously used for glass?

As glass will be placed in the main recycling wheelie bin with the other recycling, there is no longer a need for the separate recycling box previously used for just glass.

Residents can keep the box and use it around the home, garage or garden (see here for some ideas).

Unwanted recycling boxes will not be collected by the Borough or District Councils contractors, instead residents can take any to their local Household Waste Recycling Site.

Residents should not place unwanted recycling boxes in the recycling wheelie bin as it could contaminate recycling loads, neither should any be placed in the black bag rubbish bin.

How can I find out more about my rubbish and rubbish collection service?

You will need to contact your local Borough or District Council depending on where you live: