What is waste?

The dictionary definition of "rubbish" is any material which is worthless or unwanted. We would echo this, because your rubbish bin should really be your last resort, although strictly speaking even your rubbish isn't worthless as we explain on our Rubbish to Resource page.

Before throwing anything away we should consider the waste hierarchy.

Ask yourself the following questions:

Can it be reused?

Can it be repaired?

Can it be recycled?

Can it be composted?

A significant portion of the waste in your “black bag” waste bin at home can be composted. West Sussex County Council have some great discounts on home compost bins if you don't already have one.

Anything that remains if reuse, repair, recycling and composting is not possible can be added to your “black bag” waste bin. However, it should be used for domestic waste only, we do not want the following:

  • garden waste
  • rubble
  • bulky items
  • hazardous waste e.g. corrosive or flammable materials

The above items - and a lot more besides - can be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Site. Find your nearest one and what can be taken to these sites here.