Council supports Zero Waste Week

Horsham District Council is supporting Zero Waste Week 2-6 September by challenging residents, businesses and organisations to reduce the amount of stuff they throw away.

Throughout the week, the Council is continuing its campaign to reduce waste by asking people to think twice before throwing anything in the bin.

Waste prevention is at the top of the waste hierarchy and by minimising the single-use products and packaging that we use, we reduce the amount that must be processed or recycled. If you cannot avoid it then try to recycle it either in your blue-top recycling bin or at your local Household Waste Recycling Site.

There are many ways that we can reduce the amount of waste that we produce. Here are three ideas to get you started.

Get yourself a re-usable water bottle and a re-usable coffee cup and ditch the single-use versions for good. It is free to refill your water bottle – check out the Refill app for more details – and many local businesses offer incentives for using a reusable cup, such as a discount or a loyalty card stamp.

Visit Horsham Repair Cafe this Saturday, 7 September at the Horsham Quaker Meeting House. Run in partnership with Sussex Green Living and Earthkind, the monthly event has a refill store of dry goods, a repair station for electronics and stalls selling zero-waste bath products.

Love your leftovers. There are plenty of ways to re-use leftovers from dinner as a base for a second meal. Visit Love Food Hate Waste for ideas.

Commenting on the campaign, Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Waste Cllr Philip Circus said:

“I am delighted that, as a council, we are supporting Zero Waste Week this year.

“As a District we already have an outstanding track record with recycling, achieving one of the highest recycling rates in the UK, but there is always more that can be done.

“Zero Waste Week introduces a whole range of new ideas to achieve higher rates of re-use and recycling and which will reduce waste, save money and preserve resources.

“I would encourage as many of you as possible to engage with this campaign and look at new ways to prevent waste.”

The Council continues to ask all residents to keep thinking about how they might be able to reduce, reuse or recycle their household waste even more.


For advice and tips including a useful A to Z list of what can and can’t be recycled, visit our online pages at

Those wishing to subscribe to the garden waste collection service should do so online at or telephone 01403 733144.

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