Here you will find information on a Lancing recycling project to reduce what goes into landfill and as a bonus, raise money for local organisations and charities in the Adur and Worthing District.

Despite the Adur and Worthing Councils doing a fantastic job on recycling in the area, there are some things that are not viable for them to recycle.  

Through an international company with a base in the  UK Terracycle, we are able to recycle unusual household items that most people would not think twice about throwing in a bin.

TerraCycle currently engages with more than 35 million people in 23 countries, to collect non-recyclable waste.  TerraCycle then turns the collected waste into a wide variety of products and materials.

The fact that only charities/youth group/local good causes can get funds is a motivation, we get to nominate which charities/youth groups/organisations the money goes to.

About Me

Hi, I am Sue Wellfare and have lived in Lancing since 1972.

My husband, John and I are passionate about recycling and reducing the need to fill precious land with waste.

I found out about Terracycle on the back of a coffee refill packet so looked into it further.  I found that the funds had to go to either a charity, youth group or something similar.

A really nice aspect of doing this; I get to choose which charities/youth groups the money goes to.  I am a fantastic supporter of my local village, which in the past has been overlooked by the big neighbouring towns of Shoreham-by-Sea and Worthing.

I was already  a “friend” of the Lancing & District NSPCC fundraising group so they were my first choice.  The bulk of the money raised still goes to NSPCC, although I have now spread the love.

These are just a few of the charities we have helped: Care for Veterans, Home for Disabled Service People; Worthing Mencap and the local Scout groups.  We like to support local charities as the waste for recycling comes from local people.  For the full list of charities we have helped over the years please CLICK HERE

As of July 2019 the people of Lancing and parts of Worthing have helped to raise over £27,000 for local charities and kept a load out of landfill!

We cannot claim back any expenses such as petrol, this is a real labour of love for us.  We probably spend about 26 hours a week, collecting the items and special collection points around Lancing and Worthing.  We then have to sort all the items out into their separate boxes, which is then collected by courier.

So PLEASE help us to keep simple household waste items out of the bin and raise money for important local charities and organisations!


We feature in episode three of The Secret World of your Rubbish documentary on Channel 5 TV.  The programme  focused on the work of Refood, which diverts rotting food from landfill and plugs it into the National Grid. If all the food wasted by UK homes was turned into energy, it could power more than 1.2 million homes.

There is also a look at us as we’ve made it our mission to recycle the unrecyclable.  You will see the behind the scenes of the work that we do; from collecting the waste, to sorting it and sending it off.

The TV programme first aired on Sunday 19th August 2019 with the Mail Online writing an article about it the day after.  To read the article CLICK HERE and a similar article appeared on the Sussex Argus website CLICK HERE to read.  To watch the video clip of us CLICK HERE

We also featured on BBC TV One TV back in December 2018 when Walkers Crisps launched their crisp packet recycling programme.  We’ve put the clip we feature in on our YouTube Channel, to watch CLICK HERE 

Charities Supported

Since 2011 Recycling in Lancing has supported the following charities that support the local people of Adur, Shoreham and Worthing:


Dogs Trust Shoreham

3rd/5th Lancing Sea Scouts

3rd Lancing Brownies

NTS TS Intrepid

Lancing and Sompting Concert Band

Boundstone Chorus

Adur Sea of Lights

St James the Less Church Lancing

St Mary’s Church (boiler fund) Sompting

St Michaels and All Angels Church

Serv Sussex

Sussex Snowdrop Trust

St Barnabas House

PAWS Animal Sanctuary (Findon)

MENCAP (Worthing)

Care for Veterans


Turning Tides  was Worthing Church Homeless Projects

Sussex Heart Charity (part funding a DeFib for North Lancing and Mash Barn)

Friends of Shoreham Fort

West Sussex Scout Jamboree

Matthew English and his violin (link to Herald article about Matthew)

Red Box Project      (Facebook Page – Worthing)

In December 2018 we also supported:

St Breward Silver Band  Sue and John have connections with this area.  The people of St Breward (in Cornwall)  support Recycling in Lancing by sending their saved products to us (via Sue and John’s caravan, twice a year!)

Organisations Helping

We are grateful for the following businesses that are supporting Recycling in Lancing:

Seaside Creative Ltd (Lancing Business Park) – Website and social media support

Image1 (Lancing Business Park) – Photography and signs for Douglas (our collection wheelie bin)

Achieved So Far

What we’ve collected since February 2011 and kept out of Sussex landfill sites

Units collected:

Units Collected Points Earned
The Air and Home Care Recycling Programme 28,140 217,316
The Cracker and Biscuit Wrapper Recycling Programme 132,373 361,300
The Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Programme 330 660
The Tassimo® & L’OR® Recycling Programme 555,248 569,600
EllaCycle 10,920 22,206
Coffee Packaging Recycling Programme 43,295 75,319
Tassimo® & L’OR® Recycling Programme 331,828 461,072
The Kenco Eco Refill Brigade® 1,441 3,098

No longer being collected:

Mobile Phones 2,228 6,600
JOHNSON’S® Baby Wipes Packaging Brigade® 13,656 26,346
The Activia® Yogurt Brigade® 41,261 82,726

Points Earned:

As of April 2018 we have earned 1,369,020 points and points means cash which means £15,740.00 has gone direct to the local nominated charities of our choice from TerraCycle.

Please note: None of this cash can be used for expenses, petrol and other costs. These cost are all met directly out of the Recycling in Lancing volunteers’ pockets.


May 2018 Update

Donations sent out this month (total £1,950)

Donations sent out in May 2018

December 2018 Update

Donations sent out this month (total £2,450)

list of donations made to charities and organisations in December 2018

Spring 2019 Update

Donations sent out in August (total £3,000)