New animation series encourages us all to ‘Think Before You Throw’

Published: 15 Aug 2023

Think Before you Throw - 200,000 tonnes of waste graphic

We'd like to say a big thank you to the reducers, reusers, recyclers and think-before-you -throw-ers of West Sussex!  Last year you helped the County to reuse or recycle over 200,000 tonnes of waste!

West Sussex County Council in partnership with Horsham District Council and neighbouring local authorities has produced a ‘Think before You Throw’ campaign asking us all to continue to ‘Think Before You Throw’ and recycle as much as we can. This includes materials such as black plastic pots, tubs and trays, empty aerosols, as well as other items that can go in special collections at home such as textiles, small electricals and coffee pods.

In a recent survey 48% of West Sussex respondents admitted to throwing items in the general waste bin because they were unsure if they could be recycled or not.

New animation series

A NEW animation series has now been produced to help reduce even further the items going to waste. These short films explain what items can and can’t be recycled in West Sussex as well as showing what happens after your bin is collected and how recycling and waste is processed.

Remember recycling should be:

  • CLEAN - free from food and drink leftovers - a quick rinse will often do.
  • DRY - keep your recycling bin lid shut – soggy paper and cardboard can’t be recycled and can stick to other items or clog up machinery when sorted.
  • LOOSE – not tied up in plastic bags, as the machinery cannot sort these.

Find out more & watch the videos