1, 2, 3 Food Waste Collection - information for included households

You'll find key information for households taking part in the food waste collection trial below.



How it will work - your 1, 2, 3 collection schedule


1 - Food and AHP weekly collection

These will be collected weekly on your usual collection day. 

AHPs will be collected by Medisort. 

To sign up to the free AHP collection service please email ask@medisort.co.uk  or call 01903 719646.

Your green lockable food waste bin and your yellow and black striped AHP sacks must be:

  • out ready for collection by 7am
  • left on the boundary of your property
  • clearly visible to our collection crews - not tucked behind other bins
  • if you have a clinical waste collection from Medisort please keep the AHP waste separate and do not put the bags next to each other.

If you do not put out AHP sacks for collection for three consecutive weeks, then the future collections will stop.

Your food waste bin will always be emptied no matter how little it contains.

For hints and tips on how to reduce the amount of food waste you produce please take a look at westsussex.gov.uk/FoodWaste and www.lovefoodhatewaste.com


2 - Recycling fortnightly collection

How we collect your recycling won’t be changing. You should continue to leave your recycling out fortnightly.

Over half of the household rubbish produced in Arun can be recycled – check what can and cannot be recycled.

Recycling of small electrical items

This will be fortnightly.   Please put your small electrical items in a standard size carrier bag on the floor next to your recycling bin.  The small items that we will collect are listed on our electrical recycling page


3 - General rubbish three-weekly collection

This will now be collected every three weeks on your usual collection day.

We will only empty your 240L general rubbish bin – we will not collect any additional bags or bins of rubbish placed alongside your bin. If you have more rubbish this can be taken to one of the Household Waste Recycling Sites.

If you already have a 240L wheelie bin (height 110cm, width 58cm, depth 74cm) and you do not want a replacement, then please tell us by completing this form or emailing recycling@arun.gov.uk by 29 April 2021.

Smelly Items

Having your food and AHP waste collected weekly will remove most of the ‘smelly’ items from your general rubbish.

Other items that could produce a smell (for example cat litter/pet bedding/dog waste) can be double bagged.

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Too much rubbish

If you are using all the services provided and still producing extra rubbish please contact us for advice via email at recycling@arun.gov.uk or by telephone on 01903 737754.

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Food Waste

Yes please 
  • dairy products such as cheese and yoghurt
  • eggs including shells
  • cooked and uncooked food
  • meat, fish and poultry including bones
  • out of date food
  • pasta, rice and beans
  • teabags and coffee grounds
  • vegetables and fruit including peelings
  • bread, cakes and pastries
  • solid fats
  • pet food
No thanks 
  • packaging of any sort
  • plastic bags or wrapping
  • animal waste and bedding
  • any other types of rubbish
  • oils and liquids
  • garden waste including flowers - you can compost this at home or sign-up to the Green Waste Club

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AHP Waste

Yes please 
  • disposable nappies and nappy sacks
  • incontinence pads and pants for example TENA and Age Co Discreet pants
  • chair and bed pads
  • single use absorbent bed sheets
  • wipes and paper tissues
  • sanitary towels, liners, tampons and other menstrual care products
  • face masks
No thanks 
  • packaging
  • any other rubbish

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Using your silver kitchen caddy

Food waste can be placed directly into the caddy, but it will help to keep it clean if you line it with one of the following:

  • newspaper
  • compostable liners
  • kitchen roll

Your kitchen caddy and food waste bin can be easily cleaned with hot water and washing up liquid if they smell.

Once your kitchen caddy is full, you will need to transfer the contents into your green lockable food waste bin or communal food waste bin if you live in a flat. 

We will not collect food waste from your silver kitchen caddy – it must be transferred to your green lockable food waste bin or communal food waste bin.

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What happens to your food and AHP waste

Food waste

This is taken to an anaerobic digester. This is a large tank in which the food breaks down into soil fertilizer for use on the land and biogas which can be used for generating energy.

Visit the Biogen website to find out about the anaerobic digestion process.

AHP waste

This will be taken for processing, which will recover the materials for energy.  We hope to be able to recycle these products in the future and produce secondary raw materials of super absorbent polymer, cotton fibres and plastics.

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If you already use a composter you should continue to do so, but not all food waste can be disposed of in this way.  You can use your food waste bin for meat bones, cooked food and dairy products as these cannot be composted at home. Find more information on composting at home

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Frequently asked questions.