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New recycling service in Lewes District

The way you recycle is changing.

We are making it easier for residents to recycle by introducing a single wheelie bin for all your paper, plastics, cans, cardboard and glass. This new approach to recycling in the district will mean more is recycled and that’s good for the environment.

Please continue to leave your recycling bags and boxes out as normal. We will deliver your new 240 litre wheelie bin and collect the old containers. Once you receive your bin you can simply put all of your recycling in without having to sort it.

We are delivering a 240 litre bin to all suitable properties in the district (not flats as these will have separate arrangements). Some roads where there is no frontage will not be issued with bins, especially in Lewes, however this will be decided at the time the scheme launches in that area.

We offer an assisted collection service for anyone who needs it. This can be for rubbish and recycling.

The 240 litre wheelie bins we will be delivering to residents are standard sized, measuring 110cm high, 58cm wide and 74cm deep. They are green with a blue lid.

If the 240 litre wheelie bin is too large for you to store, then we can also offer a smaller 140 litre wheelie bin, which measures just 110cm high, 51cm  wide and 56cm deep. You can request a smaller bin by filling out this online form.

 If you do not wish to have a new wheelie bin and would rather continue to use your current containers, please put a clearly visible note on your boxes.

 We will deliver a single wheelie bin to each property. If your recycling doesn't fit into a single bin you can request an extra one by completing the new and replacement bins form.

Your refuse and recycling days will remain the same. You can check your collection days on our bin collection day page or download a 2018 recycling calendar from our recycling calendars page.

We will continue to collect your food waste and garden waste as usual. Visit our food waste page or garden waste page for more information or if you would like to sign up to these services.

We will take your recycling boxes and bags away on your usual collection day when we deliver your new wheelie bin.

If you share recycling bins with neighbours, for example if you live in a flat, your new recycling arrangements may vary.

The new service will be introduced in stages starting in East Saltdean, Telscombe and Peacehaven from November. The service will then be introduced across the district.

A few weeks before your area is due to change over to the new scheme we will send you a letter in the post along with a label detailing what items can and can't be accepted and a calendar.

Until you receive this letter you can continue to recycle as normal. For more information on our current collection go to our kerbside recycling service page.

New wheelie bin delivery timetable
Date Location
November 2017 East Saltdean, Telscombe and Peacehaven 
January and February 2018 Newhaven, South Heighton and Seaford
March 2018 Piddinghoe, Southease, Northease, Rodmell, Iford, Swanborough, Kingston and other villages south of the A27
April 2018 Lewes and Ringmer
By July 2018 All other areas

Please put all recyclable items in clean, dry and loose (not in bags). Remove all lids before recycling them. Please remember we cannot empty your recycling bin if it contains household waste or non-recyclable materials. If we are unable collect your bin because of contaminated rubbish we will leave a sticker on it to let you know why.

You must be able to close your bin lid in order to stop rain getting in. We are unable to collect wet paper and cardboard. If your bin is regularly overflowing you can request a second one by completing the new and replacements bins form

Yes please

  • Glass     
  • Paper (including magazines and catalogues)
  • Cardboard and greetings cards
  • Drinks cans
  • Biscuit and sweet tins
  • Clean kitchen foil
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Plastic bottles
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Lids (take off all lids before putting them in the new recycling bin)
  • Plastic and cardboard egg boxes
  • Fruit and vegetable plastic punnets
  • Ready meal trays
  • Plastic meat trays   

No thanks

  • Coffee cups Laminated or glittery wrapping paper
  • Foil-lined containers (juice cartons) Plastic carrier bags and sacks
  • Plastic film (sandwich packs, cling film)
  • Scrap metal and electrical items – please take these the your local household waste recycling centre
  • Batteries – you can recycle these at most supermarkets
  • Tetra Pak and textiles – please take these to a mini-recycling site

You can download a full list of what we can and cannot take below. 

Acceptable materials list for the new Lewes district council recycling scheme

Acceptable materials list for the new Lewes district council recycling scheme
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File Type: application/pdf
Created: 27 October 2017
Last Modified: 20 December 2017