Kerbside recycling

Eastbourne residents are included in the household recycling scheme automatically. Find out when your recycling will be collected and what you can put in your bins and boxes

Lewes district residents are encouraged to participate in our recycling scheme.

Join the scheme

If you live in Lewes district and would like to participate, please submit your details to us by completing our form. We will be in touch with details of which day your collection will be made on and when your recycling boxes and bags will be delivered to you.

Each participating household receives two boxes and two bags to collect paper, plastic bottles, cans, aluminium foil, small scrap metal items, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, textiles and batteries   

We accept the following items    

  • newspapers       
  • junk mail   
  • magazines
  • catalogues, directories and brochures
  • envelopes and letters
  • greetings cards
We do not accept:
  • cardboard or cereal boxes 
  • plastic coated papers
  • padded envelopes
  • Thick brown envelopes
  • packaging
  • plastic bag wrappers

We accept the following items:

  • food and drink cans
  • empty aerosol cans
  • bag of batteries (on top)
  • clean aluminium foil (placed in a bag)
  • plastic bottles including, shampoo, shower gel, fizzy drinks, water, milk, fabric conditioner and detergent
  • small scrap metal

We do not accept:

  • plastic food trays
  • plastic bags
  • margarine tubs
  • yoghurt pots
  • toys
  • packaging
  • wrappers and cling film
  • polystyrene
  • flower pots

We accept the following items:

  • food packaging
  • brown cardboard boxes
  • leaflets and junk mail
  • cardboard and cereal boxes 

We do not accept:

  • waxed cartons and Tetra Paks
  • contaminated cardboard, such as, with food, dirt or wet
  • polystyrene and other packaging

 We accept the following items:

  • all food and drink glass bottles
  • glass jars

We do not accept:

  • plate glass
  • wine and drinking glasses
  • perfume and novelty glass bottles
  • crockery
  • pyrex glass

 We accept the following items:

  • Clean, dry clothes (even if worn out)
  • Quality shoes and boots (pairs)
  • Linen, curtains, fabric off-cuts
  • Belts and handbags
  • Books, CDs and DVDs (not home recordings)

We do not accept:

  • Blankets, duvets and pillows
  • Dirty and broken items
  • Refuse

 We accept the following items:

  • AAA, AA, C and D
  • Button
  • Mobile phone
  • Laptop

We do not accept:

  • Leaking batteries left loose in recycle box
  • Car batteries



  • Discard all plastic covers from magazines and junk mail 
  • If you have shredded paper to recycle, please ensure it is secured such that it cannot blow away
  • Wash, squash and flatten empty plastic bottles then replace the lid. This will keep the bottle flat and leave more space in the box. Don’t worry about trying to squash bleach or other strong cleaner bottles, just leave the lids on.
  • Flatten all cardboard boxes before putting in the cardboard recycling bag
  • Metal lids and caps from glass jars can be recycled, place them in the bigger box
  • Wash out all plastic bottles, cans, aluminium foil, glass bottles and jars using the end of the washing up water after you have finished the dishes
  • Collect up clean aluminium foil in a bag and when the bag is full put it in the bigger box
  • Ensure there are no plastic bags in either box except for the ones containing clean aluminium foil and the batteries

Your boxes and bags can be stored either inside or outside your house, or wherever you have suitable space. You can stack the paper box on top of the bigger box, which will prevent materials blowing away and help save space. You have been given a cover that will fit over the top box and will help keep the paper dry.

On very windy days the cover could blow off. If this is likely to happen to you please place a brick or similar object on top of the box to reduce litter.

It may not always be possible to give you back the same boxes each time they are emptied because of the collection methods being used. However, you are welcome to place your house number on the boxes and the crews will try to return them.

Please ensure the boxes and bags are kept clean. Washing the items for recycling before placing in the box will help with this. The bags for glass and cardboard are machine washable at a low temperature but do not tumble dry or iron.

 You can download your 2018 calendar from our recycling calendars page.