Here are some tips to reduce the amount of unwanted mail you receive:
- Sign up to the Mailing Preference Service. This free service removes your name and home addresses from mailing lists used by the direct marketing industry. To register visit www.mpsonline.org.uk
- To stop undressed mail delivered by Royal Mail to your home, sign up to the Door to Door opt out service. Please be aware that the service could also stop unaddressed mail sent by your local council. Go to the Royal Mail website to find out what the service stops and how to sign up.
- Tell finance and insurance companies you do not wish to receive information on other services and not to pass your details onto other companies.
Better Tomorrows is a community Interest company who aim to stop rubbish going in the bin by engaging with the community. They develop and manage innovative projects that contribute to sustainability by reducing, reusing, recycling and preventing waste where appropriate. For more information on Better Tomorrows initiatives and projects visit Better Tomorrows web site.
Better Tomorrows runs the West Sussex Green Club which aims to encourage West Sussex residents to be greener gardeners.
Every year in the UK3 billion disposable nappies are thrown away and 90% of these nappies end up in landfill where they take many years to breakdown. Cotton washable nappies are an alternative to disposables and come in many different designs.
Follow this link below to find out more about cotton nappies
In the UK in 2010 we threw away and estimated 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink waste. In Arun, 38% of the rubbish put out for collection is food or drink waste (survey undertaken in 2011).
Look on the national Love Food Hate Waste website for tips and ideas on how to save money, use leftovers and keep food fresh.
Your recycling is collected by Arun District Council is delivered to the high-tech sorting plant at Ford, near Arundel. This plant, called a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF - pronounced "murf") automatically sorts your recycling in to individual materials and produces high quality materials which are then recycled, mainly in the UK, in to new items. If you are interested in visiting the Ford Materials Recycling Facility please visit the Recycle for West Sussex web page.
A new facility is being built near Horsham to deal with all the black sack rubbish from households in West Sussex. The facility will be able to recover recyclables from the rubbish, turn some biodegradable waste (the waste that easily rots) into a compost-like soil conditioner for land reclamation projects and produce a fuel. This treatment method will drastically reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill. For more information, follow this link www.biffa.co.uk/west_sussex
Can I recycle it?
Follow this link for an A-Z of recyclable materials and information on where to recycle them.
For answers to some of the common questions about recycling please see the information sheets below:
- Introduction to recycling [pdf] 241KB
- Aluminium & Foil containers [pdf] 139KB
- Cartons [pdf] 139KB
- Glass [pdf] 139KB
- Metal cans & aerosols [pdf] 143KB
- Paper and card [pdf] 143KB
- Plastics [pdf] 144KB
- General questions [pdf] 144KB
- Household Waste Recycling Sites [pdf] 142KB
Some of the items that you no longer want could be used again by someone else rather than thrown away.
You can donate clothes, household items and sometimes furniture and electrical goods to charity shops.
Alternatively give away your unwanted items through a website. Here are a few sites:
Good quality furniture and electrical items can be donated to Sofas and Stuff for resale in the community. If you receive certain benefits then you get a 25% discount.
Sofas and Stuff, Unit 1, Gloucester Road Estate, Gloucester Road, Littlehampton, BN17 7BS. Telephone: 01903 714812
You can donate unwanted furniture and electrical white goods to the Restore project run by Stonepillow. Follow this link for more information Stonepillow website
Some charitable organisations recycle or re-use items such as stamps, foreign currency, toner cartridges and mobile phones. Have a look on the internet to find out who is collecting.
Remember to buy products made from recycled materials. This helps to support recycling.
You can search a database of products made from recycled materials by following this link www.recycledproducts.org.uk
Water butts are available at many garden centers and hardware shops. You can also find them on the Get Composting Website .
Southern Water are also offering a voucher for reduced price water butts that can be found on the Southern Water website.
See below for a list of other websites that have information on recycling.
Arun District Council Household Waste and Recycling Strategy
Arun District Council has a which sets out the actions Arun District Council will take to reduce household waste and increase household recycling and composting rates.