Wealden District Council

Materials

At Wealden we ask you to separate your household waste from the materials that we collect for recycling and for composting in the case of green waste. We collect the following materials from our kerbside collection scheme and / or through our network of Neighbourhood Recycling Points:

Yes Please!

The following list includes examples of the types of beverage cartons that can go into your recycling bin:

  • Milk Cartons
  • Juice Cartons
  • Tetra Pak Cartons
  • Some ice lolly packaging e.g. Calippos and Jubbly ice lollies

No thanks!

We are unable to accept the following materials in the recycling bin:

  • Paper Cups, e.g. takeaway cups
  • Foil lined food pouches, e.g. for baby food and cat food

Yes Please!

The following are examples of the types of glass we can collect for recycling:

  • Glass Bottles
  • Glass Jars

We are now able to collect glass from your kerbside recycling collection, please put it out for collection next to your recycling bin.

Glass can also be taken to your nearest Neighbourhood Recycling Points or Household Waste Recycling Sites

View further information about what happens to the glass collected.  

 

No Thanks!

We cannot accept the following:

  • Glass from windows or greenhouses
  • Pyrex or VisionWare cooking dishes
  • Light bulbs and other electrical equipment with glass components

 

    Glass Contaminants

    Glass from windows or greenhouses

    The company which reprocesses the glass does not accept these items as they are made from a different type of glass with toughened properties that cause problems in the recycling process. There are currently no options available for recycling this type of glass.

    Pyrex or VisionWare cooking dishes

    These items are made from a different type of glass to normal bottles and jars called Borosilicate glass. Around 10% boric oxide is added to the basic glass raw materials enabling the glass to withstand very high temperatures and rapid changes from hot to cold.

    If consumers recycle these items with their glass bottles and jars it will become broken and mixed in with the other glass where it is visually impossible to tell the difference.

    Borosilicate glass does not fully melt in the furnaces used to make glass for bottles and jars and so gets into the finished containers as small hard pieces called stones. These stones form weaknesses in the bottles and jars which can lead to them breaking. In the factories making containers there is a range of inspection equipment which checks every single bottle or jar made and detects the stones, stopping them going out to be filled with food or drinks.

    If the factories making glass bottles and jars find lots of stones in containers they have to reduce the amount of recycled glass they are using until the problem stops.

    There are currently no options available for recycling this type of glass.

    Light bulbs and other electronic equipment with glass components

    Light bulbs and other electronic equipment which have glass components contain many metal elements and a range of heavy metals such as lead and cadmium and should be disposed of by specialist companies.

    If the public use recycling points for these items it creates quality problems for glass manufacturers and reprocessors in all markets.

    Energy saving light bulbs, fluorescent tubes and electrical equipment can be recycled at certain Household Waste Recycling Sites. There are currently no options available for recycling normal light bulbs.

    Glass Crockery e.g. drinking glasses

    Glass crockery is made from a different type of glass with different properties which can cause problems in the recycling process. There are currently no options available for recycling this type of glass.

    Plastic Bags

    Please do not place your glass in carrier bags as this slows down the sorting process and leaves the reprocessor with additional contaminants to dispose of. Carrier bags are now being recycled by Sainsbury's, Tesco and some of the other main supermarkets.

Yes Please!

The following list includes examples of the types of cardboard that can go in your recycling bin:

  • Corrugated Cardboard, e.g. cardboard boxes
  • Cereal Packet type cardboard
  • Cardboard
  • No Thanks!

    We are unable to accept the following materials in the recycling bin:

    • Kitchen roll and tissues
    • Bubble wrap

For residents concerned about Ash dieback in Wealden, please note there have been no reported cases within the District. However if you need more information or you suspect one of your trees is infected and you are interested in, please see this advice: Reporting cases of Ash Dieback.

Yes Please!

The following are examples of the types of Garden Waste we can collect for composting:

  • Grass cuttings
  • Leaves and bark
  • Windfalls
  • Harder woody prunings (up to 6 inches in diameter)
  • Hedge clippings
  • Dead flowers and plants
  • Straw and sawdust (if used as bedding for vegetarian pets)

Please follow this link for more information about what happens with the Green Waste and Cardboard Processing


No Thanks!

We are unable to take the following materials in the Green Waste recycling stream.

  • Foil wrapping paper
  • Beverage cartons (e.g. TetraPaks)Plastic packaging (for food, etc)
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Cardboard packaging: e.g. cereal boxes, pizza boxes, frozen/chilled food boxes, egg boxes. (Please ensure that all sticky tape and plastic wrapping is removed before placing any cardboard into your bin)
  • Plain greetings cards (without glitter or other contaminants)
  • Plain wrapping paper (with all contaminants removed)
  • Shredded paper
  • Paper bags
  • Brown envelopes (please remove any windows)
  • Plant pots
  • Dog/Cat litter
  • Fruit and Vegetable peelings
  • Giant Hogweed
  • Food waste

Green Waste Contaminants

Cardboard, Shredded Paper and Brown Envelopes

We can no longer accept any of the above in the green waste bin. Please ensure that you place these materials into the mixed recycling bin. Shredded Paper should be placed in a plastic bag first and then placed into the mixed recycling bin.

Wrapping paper/greetings cards

Items such as glitter, staples,etc do not break down in the composting process, and end up as contaminants in the compost or soil conditioner. Foil wrapping paper, also does not readily decompose, and therefore cannot be composted, in our current system. Both of these types of items should therefore be re-used where possible, or if not re-used, then placed in your landfill bin.

Plastic bags including biodegradable and compostable bags

All the waste placed in the bin for green waste must be placed directly in the bin or put in paper bags. Plastic bags will not compost down and will therefore contaminate the whole lorry load of green waste.

We cannot accept biodegradable bags as they do not breakdown quick enough for the composting process and there is no way of identifying a biodegradable bag from a normal bag.

We are also unable to accept compostable bags as we have no way of identifying them and they also create a litter problem at the farm.


Carrier bags are now being recycled by Sainsbury's, Tesco and some of the other main supermarkets. You can also recycle thin plastic film at these supermarkets as well.

Biodegradable bags can be used to bag up your landfill waste.

Compostable bags can be used in your home compost bin.

Fruit and vegetables

Due to changes to UK legislation under the "Animal By-Products Regulation" following the foot and mouth epidemic fruit, vegetable peelings, tea bags and coffee grounds can no longer be placed in the bin for green waste.

The new regulations state that there may be a small risk that, for example, a potato peeling in someone's kitchen may come in contact with a piece of meat that may be infected with a disease such as foot and mouth. That piece of potato peeling if then placed into the bin for green waste will then subsequently be taken to the composting site at Isfield to be composted in the open. A bird or animal could then easily spread the disease from the composting site.

Fruit and vegetable peelings can be placed in your home compost bin.

Cooked food waste

The composting site at Isfield is currently unable to accept cooked food waste (including meat, fish and bones) as they currently compost in open windrows. Cooked food can only be accepted if it was being composted in an enclosed building or by "in-vessel" composting. Cooked food can be home composted in a green cone food digester. which can then be placed in to a standard compost bin.

Dog or cat litter

Dog and cat litter is not compostable at Isfield, as they are not vegetarian animals. We could only accept dog and cat litter if it was being composted by "in-vessel" composting. Dog and cat litter can be home composted in a green cone food digester.

Plant pots

Plant pots will not compost down and will therefore contaminate the whole lorry load of green waste. There are currently no options available for recycling plant pots.

Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed

We are unable to take Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed for composting. With all other weeds the composting process reaches such a high temperature that it kills the weed and any seeds. But the Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed is not killed off by the process and therefore can leave it's seeds in the compost to reproduce. There are currently no options available for composting Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed.

Beverage cartons e.g. cartons made by TetraPak, milk, fruit juice and some ice cream cartons

Beverage cartons are made up of layers of cardboard, aluminium and plastic. As aluminium and plastic won't compost down we are unable to accept beverage cartons in the bin for green waste. Additionally these are accepted at the following Neighbourhood Recycling Points:

Crowborough - Croft Road Car Park, White Hart Inn
Hailsham - Tesco Car Park
Heathfield - Mill Road Car Park
Uckfield - Luxford Field Car Park
Please ensure you wash and squash your beverage cartons before placing them in the recycling bin.

Yes Please!

The following list includes examples of the different types of aerosols that can go in your recycling bin:

  • Deodorants
  • Furniture Polish
  • Shaving Foam Canisters 

Please ensure all aerosols are empty and please do not pierce or squash them.

No thanks!

We are unable to accept the following materials in the recycling bin:

  • Gas Canisters
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Other metals, e.g. cutlery, pots and pans and scrap metal generally

Yes Please!

The following list shows examples of the different types of food and drinks cans and tins that can go into your recycling bin:

  • Food cans such as beans, soup, tomatoes and fish 
  • Drinks cans
  • Metals lids and caps from bottles and jars

Please remember to wash your cans and tins, but don't squash them completely.

No Thanks!

  • Other metals, e.g. cutlery, pots and pans and scrap metal generally

Yes Please!

The following list shows the types of aluminium foil that can be put loose into your recycling bin:

  • Aluminium foil tops e.g. milk bottles tops and yogurt tops
  • Aluminium foil food trays

Please remember to wash your foil.  If you are not sure if an item is made of just foil, try the following test:

  • Squash the foil
  • Does it bounce back?
  • No - put it in the recycling bin
  • Yes - it is not the foil we want and should be placed in the rubbish bin.

No Thanks!

We are unable to accept the following materials in the recycling bin:

  • Foil lined crisp packets
  • Foil lined food pouches, e.g. baby food and cat food
  • Other metals, e.g. cutlery, pots and pans and scrap metal generally

Yes Please!

The following list shows examples of the different types of paper that can go in your recycling bin:

  • Newspapers
  • Phone Books
  • White Envelopes (no need to remove windows)
  • Magazines
  • Computer Paper
  • Brochures
  • Catalogues
  • Junk Mail
  • Yellow Pages
  • Shredded Paper (please put this in a plastic carrier bag in your bin to keep it contained)
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Books

No Thanks!

We are unable to accept the following materials in the recycling bin:

  • Kitchen roll
  • Tissues

You can now recycle a much wider range of plastic packaging through your kerbside collection scheme.

Yes Please!

Please see below for a list of the plastic items that can go into your recycling bin:

Plastic bottles

You can recycle all types of plastic bottles, such as:

  • Plastic milk bottles
  • Fizzy drinks bottles
  • Squash bottles
  • Water bottles
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Bottles from household cleaning products
  • Bleach bottles

Plastic pots

You can recycle all types of plastic pots, such as:

  • Yogurt pots 
  • Cream pots 
  • Soup pots 
  • Salad pots 

Plastic tubs

You can recycle all types of plastic tubs, such as:

  • Margarine tubs
  • Ice cream tubs 

Plastic trays

You can recycle all types of trays, such as:

  • Meat trays
  • Fruit trays or punnets
  • Biscuit trays

Plastic bags

You can recycle the following types of plastic bags:

  • Carrier bags
  • Bread bags
  • Banana bags
  • Freezer bags
  • Fruit and vegetable bags

Plastic film and wrapping

You can recycle the following types of plastic film and wrapping, such as:

  • Plastic film around magazines and newspapers
  • Plastic film or wrapping around food products
  • Plastic wrapping around multi-packs of cans
  • Plastic wrapping around toilet rolls
  • Plastic wrappers from bakery goods
  • Plastic shrink wrap or cling film
  • Plastic breakfast cereal liners

Blister packs

Blister packs are sealed plastic packaging often with a cardboard backing used for small items, and backed with foil for tablets)

You can recycle all types of plastic blister packs, such as:

  • Packaging containing batteries
  • Packaging containing toys
  • Packaging containing tablets

No Thanks!

We are unable to accept the following materials in the recycling bin:

  • Pesticide or chemical bottles
  • Plastic plant pots
  • Hard plastics, e.g. children's toys, milk crates, ride on cars
  • Polystyrene, e.g. for packaging and coffee cups
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Black plastic sacks
  • Electronic items
  • Plastic strapping or string 

Yes Please!

The following are examples of the types of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) we can collect for recycling from the various WEEE banks at our Miscellaneous Recyclable Materials recycling points;

The WEEE banks are suitable for for recycling small household electrical items such as;

  • phones
  • remote controls
  • electronic toys
  • hair dryers
  • kettles
  • irons
  • radios

The WEEE banks are located at the following Neighbourhood Recycling Points:

  • Forest Row - Community Hall car park
  • Pevensey Bay - North Road car park 
  • Crowborough - Croft Road car park
  • Mayfield - Recreation Ground car park
  • Uckfield - Luxford Field car park
  • Heathfield - Station Road car park
  • Herstmonceux - car park at rear of Woolpack Inn
  • Hailsham - Tesco car park 
  • Hailsham - Vicarage Lane car park
  • Willingdon - Seven Sisters Pub, Seven Sisters Road

All other larger items of WEEE, for instance computers, television sets, cookers, washing machines, etc can be either taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link), or click this link to our Bulky Household Waste Collections page.

Yes Please!

The following are examples of the types of aluminium and steel we can collect for recycling:

  • Food cans
  • Drinks cans
  • Aluminium foil tops e.g. milk bottles tops and yoghurt tops,
  • Aluminium foil food trays,
  • Aerosol cans (please ensure they are empty, please do not pierce or squash them)

Please remember to wash your cans and foil. Do not squash your cans completely. Please bag any aluminium foil separately. If you are not sure if an item is made of just foil, try the following test; squash the foil and if it doesn't 'bounce back' it can go in the container. If it does bounce back it is not the foil we want and should be placed in the landfill bin. Please follow this link for more information to find out Recycling Depot - Uckfield

No Thanks!

We cannot accept the following:

  • Crisp packets,
  • Other metals, e.g cutlery, metal frames and scrap metal generally
  • Carrier bags.

Metal Contaminants

Foil wrapping

Foil wrapping - e.g. crisp packets/cat food pouches - these are actually made from foil lined with plastic so they are not currently recyclable. To test for foil; screw it up, if it stays crumpled then this is purely foil and can be recycled.

Plastic bags

Please do not place your cans in carrier bags as this slows down the recycling process and leaves the reprocessor with additional contaminants to dispose of. Carrier bags are now being recycled by Sainsbury's, Tesco and some of the other main supermarkets. You can also recycle thin plastic film at these supermarkets. Crisp packets are unfortunately not made from recyclable material and must therefore be placed in the landfill bin.

Other metals

Our sorting equipment can only safely handle items that are a certain weight and shape, i.e. cans. Over the Christmas period they will be able to hand pick out large biscuit and sweet tins, however anything else needs to go in the scrap metal container at your local Household Waste Recycling Site.

Beverage cartons

We accepted at the following Neighbourhood Recycling Points:

Crowborough - Croft Road Car Park, White Hart Inn
Hailsham - Tesco Road Car Park
Heathfield - Mill Road Car Park
Uckfield - Luxford Field Car Park


Please ensure you wash and squash your beverage cartons before placing them in the recycling bin.

Find out more about What happens to the Materials Collected?