What you can and can't recycle in Brighton & Hove

Find out what you can and can't put in your household recycling, and why recycling is so important.

What you can recycle at home

tins and cans - empty and washed, with lids inside

aerosols - empty with lids removed

cardboard - flattened and folded so that it fits into the bin or box

paper - including magazines and windowed envelopes

plastic bottles - washed and squashed, with lids back on

all glass bottles and jars, washed, with metal lids back on - please separate glass from your other recycling

Do not recycle

plastic yoghurt pots

butter tubs

food trays

plastic bags

any other materials

If you have a specific item and you're not sure if you can recycle it, visit our A to Z of recycling.

Why we recycle

In response to the global climate crisis, we’re aiming for Brighton & Hove to be a carbon neutral city by 2030.

By recycling more, you’re helping to reduce waste, protect natural resources, save energy, and reduce air and water pollution.

A major issue we face is ‘contaminated’ recycling. This happens when waste is mixed with recyclable materials.

When recycling is contaminated, the contents of the whole bin and – in many cases – lorry load must be treated as waste and not recycled.

To avoid contaminating your recycling:

  • keep glass separate from your other recycling- when glass gets mixed with other materials, it has to be treated as general waste
  • reuse plastic bags and put in your general waste when they’re no longer usable - plastic bags are not recyclable
  • put yoghurt pots, butter tubs and food trays in your general waste - we don’t recycle low grade plastics like these
  • don’t put tetrapak cartons in your recycling - you can recycle cartons at 20 recycling points and two recycling sites

You can also recycle:

  • batteries at supermarkets or our 2 recycling sites - they contain hazardous materials so please do not put in a bin
  • used electrical items – take small items to 10 recycling points, and larger items to our recycling sites. Find out about our collection service.
  • clothes and shoes at 60 textile banks located at most of our recycling points