The Items We Recycle

Here is the list of items that are accepted in our bins but cannot go into the kerbside blue top bins, but are recyclable and we are able to raise cash for local charities.

So if you can help us raise even more we would be grateful – and it keeps it out of landfill which is good for the environment too!  Sue and John Wellfare, Recycling in Lancing.

To download a printable version of this list please CLICK HERE 


NEW All brands and sizes of flexible DISHWASHER TABLET PACKAGING  All brands and sizes of flexible laundry washing capsules and pods for dishwashing, cleaning and fragrance flexible packaging, but NOT the cellophane around the dishwasher tablet.   The Sponsors are the multi-national company Reckitt Benckiser® Flexible dishwasher tablet packaging imageNEW Single use VINYL / LATEX GLOVES any brand.  So long as they have been for domestic use i.e. domestic cleaning – NOT those used for personal care or with harsh chemicals i.e. ones used in motor garages, etc.  (Sponsors – Spontex®)

latex gloves recycling scheme

NEW  Nuts, popcorn, crisps and pretzels packets – Any type

(Sponsors – KP Snacks ®)

kp nuts snack packaging

Nestlé® confectionery, owners of household favourites including KITKAT®, MILKYBAR®, ROWNTREE’S® and SMARTIES®, have invested to create a free recycling programme for any brand of plastic confectionery packaging. This is one of the immediate steps Nestlé® has taken to achieve their global ambition to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

We can now take ALL BRANDS of plastic confectionery packaging.  Plastic chocolate and sweets pouches and bags.

Chocolate and sweets multipack outer plastic packaging.

Individual chocolate bar wrappers.

Plastic Chocolate bar wrappers

chocolate wrapping plastic nestle taken now

Waste that is NOT accepted:

  • Breakfast, granola and energy bar wrappers.
  • Aluminum foil, cardboard and paper wrappers e.g. individual foil and paper packets (like ROWNTREE’S Fruit Pastilles® or KitKat Biscuits®) and cardboard tubes and boxes (like SMARTIES® or AFTER EIGHTS®) are not accepted in this programme.  These can be recycled via our local council facility.
  • Metal Tins and rigid plastic trays or tubs, e.g. QUALITY STREET® plastic tubs or DAIRY BOX® chocolate box packaging are not accepted in this programme. These can be recycled via our local council facility.
  • QUALITY STREET® wrappers are now biodegradable and can be put into your composter.

ALL BRANDS of wet cat and dog plastic food pouches.  All pet treat plastic packs, and all dry pet food plastic packs.

It’s important to keep these items apart from other recycling materials so please use a separate bag for them.  These need to be rinsed out, drained and kept separate from other recycling please.   We’ve had a few not washed out and one bag where they weren’t drained and it had about two inches of water in the bag!

empty, rinsed and dried pet food pouches

This waste stream recycling is supported by Whiskas and James Wellbeloved.  For more information from Whiskas please CLICK HERE and James Wellbeloved CLICK HERE

We can take all oral care products and packaging.  TOOTHBRUSHES, TUBES and including the PLASTIC PACKAGING.

photo of tooth brushes and empty tooth paste tubes

The cardboard box needs to go into your blue recycling bin. We can’t take the pump toothpaste tubes.  The large multinational company Colgate-Palmolive pay for this recycling programme. 

We can take ANY type of CRISP PACKET and the outer wrappers too!   Pringle Crisp Tubes including their plastic lids and the paper/foil in between.  Now INCLUDING POPCORN, NUTS, PRETZELS and PORK SCRATCHINGS.

This waste stream of recycling is supported by Walkers Crisp.  For more information CLICK HERE

crisp packets are now taken

ONLY Kenco coffee refill bags and Kenco COFFEE PLASTIC LIDS

PLEASE, no other coffee lids or refill bags. This is the only brand of coffee packaging we can accept, as the Sponsors – Kenco ® pay for the recycling of their own product packaging.

TASSIMO COFFEE DISKS and the foil packet they come in and Nespresso L’Or Discs

No need to clean them out, leave coffee in – its gets recycled into compost 

PLEASE, no other brand i.e. Dulce Gusto or Lavazza as they are not recyclable (they have to go in your GREY bin).

ALL TRIGGER SPRAYS BUT NOT THE BOTTLE (ie Mr Muscle/bathroom/kitchen/window cleaners) and plastic air fresheners.  Any make or size. Plug in air fresheners and the packaging they come in.  Plastic tops from any make of air freshener & plastic packaging they come in.  All purpose wipe packets, washing up liquid tops, all purpose liquid tops.  All plastic air fresheners and the packets they come in – ANY MAKE OR SIZE. Fabric softener tops & liquid detergent tops. Any AEROSOL tops, Shampoo, shower gel lids and soap pumps…any brand will do.

Any brand of BABY FOOD /YOGURT POUCHES packaging like Ellias Kitchen (inc the lid).

baby food pouches
Any make of BISCUIT WRAPPER & CRACKER WRAPPER any size – i.e. digestive, ginger nuts, custard cream, cream crackers, cheddars, Cracka wheat, including individual biscuits ie penguins.  The outer wrapper including clear cellophane wrappers from BISCUITS and mini rolls.  Individual wrappers from crackers, any McVities wrapper and the cellophane from inside boxes of biscuits.   

empty biscuit wrappers

PLEASE NOTE: no other cellophane can be taken, even it appears to be the same.   McVities (biscuit makers) sponsor this recycling campaign.

All WRITING INSTRUMENTS (except wooden pencils and crayons) can be collected, regardless of their brand or material – ballpoint pens, felt tips, mechanical pencils, markers, highlighters and correction fluid containers.  Bingo markers and glue sticks.  

Please, no pencils or crayons

PLASTIC MILK TOPS (any colour)

But NOT: Juice / Lemonade / Tonic Water / Coke / Yogurt, etc., lids.

All brands of BEAUTY PRODUCTS – tubes from hair dye / face creams pots and lids – facial wipe packets. roll-on deodorant and lids from aerosol deodorants.

photo of the cosmetic containers we can recycle

ALL GARNIER PRODUCTS –Tops / tubes / gloves / pots / lids/ labels.  Plus any brand facial wipes, lids from any brand of face cream/body cream pots.  Lids from roll-on deodorants and lids from aerosol deodorants.

photo of the cosmetic containers we can recycle

To download a printable version of this list please



Only send the items on this list, as it is a very small group of volunteers doing this.  Putting the wrong items in our collection box makes it much harder for us to sort out.  Anything that is sent and not on this list just fills our rubbish bin!

Thank you

Sue and John Wellfare