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Recycling in Brighton and Hove

Don't miss Round Hill's refuse and recycling collections:

refuse = Tuesday weekly       recycling = Tuesday fortnightly 

Contacting Cityclean

Click here to get Brighton and Hove City Council to solve a problem in relation to recycling or rubbish:
e.g. Report a missed collection | Check your recycling and rubbish day | Order recycling boxes, recycling nets or a wheelie bin | Apply for garden waste collection| Request cleaning of a street | Report fly-tipping or dumping of waste | Apply for a commercial waste collection.

Priority will be given to dangerous items such as litter from drug waste (especially needles), broken glass, hazardous liquids when still wet, such blood, paint, oil and diesel etc.

If you witness flytipping, know who is doing it, or see items left abandoned in public space, reporting options are:

Reporting not only deters dumping, but as the report goes to Cityclean it usually ensures that the offending items are fairly quickly collected.


Sign up for garden waste collections for £70 per year.

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Buy a composter for food or garden waste at discounted prices.

Hot Bin Composters do the same very efficiently, but are quite pricey.


Recycling information

Supplements from past issues of The Round Hill Reporter:

72. June 2018

Recycle Better, Recycle More Supplement 1 


73. October 2018

Waste and Water Reduction Supplement 2  

working for a plastic-free Round Hill.

BHCC are locked into a 30-year contract with Veolia (i.e. into the 2030s!). Veolia are refusing to change the contract so that a wider range of plastics can be recycled.

Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, asks Michael Gove to look at the implications of such long contracts.

74. December 2018 

It's great you recycle, but do you Recycle Right? 3


85. October 2021 

Round Hill: Reduce Reuse Recyle / Recycle Right pages 5 & 6


87. March 2022

Recycling cardboard:
More retail is conducted online, and more cardboard is being bought with it. Many people seem to know it can be recycled, but seem not to know how to do it. The recycling centre has a conveyor belt, about 2 feet wide. Big bits of cardboard overlap the conveyor and catch on adjacent machinery causing jams and spillage of all sorts of stuff from the line. The process has to stop and people get involved in inefficient cleaning up, reducing the already marginal economics of the process, and often resulting in lots of stuff which could be recycled being relegated to refuse to save time and money. The solution is to follow the advice on the Council’s website and cut the boxes up into ‘magazine sized pieces’. In this way the bins and lorries do not overflow so quickly and the conveyor does its job efficiently, and more stuff gets recycled. Big Boxes Bad – Small Sheets Superior. Recycle Right.

Recycling outlets

Giving / Selling via local Facebook Groups

Items which residents wish to sell or give away can also be advertised on the


Other recycling outlets

Brighton Freegle (Greencycle)

Brighton Greencycle (Greencycle) started in January 2000, now with over 17,000 members) - we're here to help you give and get stuff for free - anything which could be reused. All items must be legal and appropriate, and free. No loans, swaps or sales please - just free gifts.

I love freegle - this portal to the above site allows you to upload a picture of the item you are offering for free, which helps to attract takers.

Household Recycling Sites (Municipal)

Charities taking miscellaneous items

The Green Centre at Brighton Open Market

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  • Emmaus Tel: 01273 426470 See also Brighton-specific website. This Community, based in Portslade, raises funds to help homeless people through the re-cycling of donated goods including furniture, household appliances, electrical goods (not gas), bric-a-brac, clothes, books, tools, toys etc. In fact, anything that could be of use to somebody, we will collect and if necessary refurbish and sell it on in our ‘Second-hand Superstore’ the largest second-hand shop in the South of England. Our shop also stocks a large selection of plants & shrubs grown in our nursery garden.
  • Magpie (Saunders Park Depot, Saunders Park, Brighton BN2 4AY)
    offers a wide range of recycling services to suit (almost) all needs. Magpie sells your unwanted funiture items: (Furniture donations: arrange collections on 01273 677577).
  • Shabitat warehouse run by Magpie is open to the public 9-5 Mon to Fri and 10-4 Sat. Come and see our selection of furniture, electrical goods,computers, clothes and books and records.
  • YMCA 26 George Street, Hove, BN3 3YA (bric-a-brac)
    Tel: 01273 749139
    Open Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm 

Outlets taking specific items

  • Brita water filter recycling
  • Computer Aid International - click here to donate computers & monitors.
  • Computers for Charities - donate computer equipment. Please Note: Computers for Charities provides a UK & EU collection service for bulk quantities of computer & IT equipment only from Corporates, Universities, Government & Local Government, Charities, Hospitals, Schools. (UK mainland free of charge, min 100 - 1000+ units)
  • Electrical goods - As you’re bagging up your old electricals, think about donating them.
  • in partnership with The ZeroNet app, Tech-Takeback launched RevaluElectricals - a residential collection service for small electricals. Supported by Brighton & Hove City Council and the Recycle Your Electricals campaign, RevaluElecticals continues to collect and refurbish electricals from households across the city. Download the residents' guide for a list of items accepted (also listed at the foot of this page).
  • Medicines and Medicine bottles will be accepted by any Boots Chemist store. The medicines are disposed of safely and the bottles are recycled into new bottles.
  • Polythene
  • Postage stamps are of interest to charities such as Oxfam, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Help The Aged (High Street branches) and RSPB Stamps (PO Box 1, Chesham, HP5 2YJ)
  • Tools: or
  • Brighton and Hove Wood Recycling Project, Ground Floor, Oakley House, Edward St, Brighton, BN2 0RA. Tel: 01273 570500. The Project provides a unique (and award-winning) site collection service. Instead of being discarded along with the general rubbish, all "waste" timber can be stacked separately for our collection. We guarantee to collect within 48 hours of notification (we know space is at a premium on most building sites!). On most occasions, we arrive the next day.

See revaluelectricals_resident_guide_may21.pdf - items accepted include PCs & Laptops, Tablets, Hard drives, CDs and DVDs, Memory cards, USBs and USB connected devices, TFT (Flat-Screen) Monitors (Working only), Mobile phones & Smartphones, Games consoles, Digital cameras, Sat Navs, Cables, Transformers and Charging Units, Network Equipment e.g. WiFi and Ethernet routers, Telephones, Electric or battery powered toys, Electric power tools e.g. screwdrivers, drills, saws, sanders, Radios, record players and stereo systems, Video, CD and DVD players, Remote controllers, Digiboxes, Kitchen appliances e.g. mixers, toasters, kettles, blenders, coffee machines.

Items which cannot be accepted include Printers, CRT Monitors, Electric toothbrushes and other personal hygiene and grooming products, Headphones (including in-ear headphones), Domestic batteries (due to safety considerations).

Take batteries to a collection bin in shops that sell them.

This page was last updated by Ted on 20-Mar-2023
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