Wealden District Council

How to Deal with Additional Waste and Recycling

On average each household produces just under a tonne of waste every year and this amount is increasing. The CROWN recycling scheme aims to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill or to an incinerator by recycling and composting, as well as reducing the overall amount of waste we produce. However, we appreciate that there will be households producing more waste than average, or who are struggling with the CROWN scheme for other reasons.

Too much rubbish for your waste bin?

Here are some steps that may help you to reduce the amount of rubbish you need to put in your waste bin:

Make the most of your recycling collection service

Ensure you are separating out all the waste that can be recycled and composted on the CROWN scheme and that they are being placed in the correct container:

  • Bin for , Blue-handled caddy for mixed paper
  • Red-handled caddy for ,  and Beverage Cartons.

Download a comprehensive list of what can be put in each container (pdf)

Use all the other recycling facilities that are locally available.

Identify any other materials that can be recycled at one of the Neighbourhood Recycling Points or Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link), such as:

  • Glass - Glass bottles and jars can be taken to Neighbourhood Recycling Points for recycling. Please remember to remove any metal or plastic lids. Metal lids can be placed in your red-handled caddy.
  • Textiles and shoes - Old clothes, sheets, blankets, rags and shoes can be recycled in the Salvation Army textile banks at some of our Neighbourhood Recycling Points where it is sorted into items that can be reused, items that can be repaired and anything else which is then recycled into furniture padding, industrial cloths or paper. Alternatively, you can donate any reusable clothes to a charity shop of your choice.
  • Electrical Items - Due to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive, electrical items cannot be placed in the landfill bin. These need to be taken to one of the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link) or selected Neighbourhood Recycling Points for recycling. Mobile phones are also accepted but you can donate these to certain charities.
  • CDs & DVDs - These can be taken to one of the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link), they can be taken to the Council office at either Crowborough or Hailsham where they are sent to Beacon Press in Uckfield for recycling. Alternatively they can be taken to the Neighbourhood Recycling Points at Tesco in Uckfield or placed in the Salvation Army book bank in Croft Road, Crowborough or Co-op, Heathfield.
  • Books - Books are accepted at the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link), the Neighbourhood Recycling Points at Croft Road in Crowborough, Co-op Car Park in Heathfield or Tesco Car Park in Uckfield or can be donated to certain charity shops.
  • Batteries - These can be taken to one of the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link) or sent back to the manufacturer. Alternatively why not try using rechargeable batteries. Additionally check your local supermarket or electrical store to see if they participate in a take-back scheme for used batteries. You can now find battery banks in the reception of our Pine Grove office in Crowborough and Vicarage Lane office in Hailsham. Follow this link to go to the Battery Back (external link) website to see if there is a battery collection point near to you.
  • Other items - The Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link) accept additional materials for recycling from wood to furniture to cooking oil. They also retrieve any items that are in good condition to sell onsite.

Check our Recyclopaedia for an A - Z directory of recycling services available for a large range of household items.

What's left in your bin that can be alternatively disposed of?

Research and experience has shown that the significant remaining components are likely to be;

  • food waste/organic material which can be composted, the Love Food Hate Waste (external link) campaign offers more information on how to manage your food waste by better understanding the dates on food and good ideas on how to use your left-overs
  • disposable nappies, have you considered using washable nappies, see here for an
  • plastic packaging, you can recycle thin plastic film at some supermarkets, where they accept plastic carrier bags for recycling.
  • other disposable material.

Squash It

Ensure that all waste left in the waste bin is squashed down as much as possible. Try using carrier bags instead of black bags as you achieve better results.

Call us!

If you are still having problems with the capacity of the waste bin please contact Waste Management using the details at the bottom of this page to discuss the options available to you, larger wheelie bins are available in certain circumstances.

Not enough space in your red-handled caddy?

Step 1

Ensure all plastic bottles and liquid food and drinks cartons are squashed.

Step 2

Ensure that you haven't placed any items such as food trays in the red-handled caddy which are not recyclable

Step 3

Place any additional recycling by the side of the bin in a suitable container or take the cans and plastic bottles to your nearest Neighbourhood Recycling Points.

Not enough space in your blue-handled caddy?

Step 1

Ensure that you haven't placed any items such as cardboard or shredded paper in the blue-handled caddy as these should be placed in the bin for green waste.

Step 2

Place any additional recycling by the side of the bin in a suitable container or take it to your nearest Neighbourhood Recycling Points. Alternatively, you can home compost some of the paper if it is shredded.

Not enough space in your bin for Green Waste?

Step 1

Ensure all your cardboard packaging is flattened down. Cut any large hedge cuttings into manageable sizes.

Step 2

Ensure you haven't placed any items in your bin for green waste which are not suitable for our composting service, e.g. plastic packaging, beverage cartons, food waste.

Step 3

Consider Home Composting or alternatively take your additional cardboard or garden waste to one of the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link).

East Sussex County Council are running offers on compost bins, wormeries and kitchen composters (external link).

Contact the Waste Management Team