Gardens & wildlife

Recycling in Brighton and Hove

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

refuse = Tuesday weekly

recycling = Tuesday fortnightly 

Click here for City Clean's service update e.g. the Tuesday date your next recycling collection!

Visit the Facebook Page for Recycling & Refuse in Brighton & Hove.

Look out for our Recycling Supplements with The Round Hill Reporter:

72. June 2018

Recycle Better, Recycle More Supplement 1 inside


73. October 2018

Waste and Water Reduction Supplement 2 inside including ideas towards 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 (yet to be published)

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


Sign up for garden waste collections for just £1 per week.

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How Green Johanna can compost all your cooked and uncooked food waste. Watch it happen on YouTube

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


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 warehouserun 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 
  • Places which take Electrical items working and not working.
  • 66 Blatchington Road, Hove, BN3 3YN (working electrical)
    Tel: 01273 776868
    Open Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm
    Acquire Low cost furniture and household items

Charities taking specific items

  • Batteries used - (Take Back Recycling Scheme) for Duracell, Every Ready, Panosonic, VARTA
  • Brita water filter recycling
  • CD & DVD 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
  • Furniture Now (Unit 1, Phoenix Works, North Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2PE. Tel: 01273 487377).
    Phone first to arrange donations of furniture. Opening hours: 10.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday. Our training centre in Lewes provides accredited training in refurbishing furniture to people with enduring mental health needs and other socially excluded groups. Through the scheme used furniture is transformed with decorative painting techniques such as marbling, stencilling and distressing, and then put back into use.

    See other Sussex-based furniture recycling outlets [Select "COMMUNITY" from the navigation bar at www.furni-aid.org.uk]
  • Glasses which are no longer wanted can be taken to either Dolland and Aitchinson opticians, Specsavers, Optical Express, Vision Express, G.C. Bateman or Eyeworks. Oxfam also takes them. You can also send glasses in good condition (they do not take broken frames or bifocals) to the charity Vision Aid Overseas , 12 The Bell Centre, Newton Road, Manor Royal, Crawley, West Sussex. RH10 2FZ
  • 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.
  • Mobile phones
  • 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)
  • Printer catridges
  • Tools: www.tfse.org or www.workaid.org
  • Wood Recycling - Brighton and Hove Wood Recycling Project (Tel: 01273 570500) - we are now based at PRESTON BARRACKS, Lewes Road, Brighton BN1 4GL (open Monday - Saturday 9-5.30) and also have a showroom just off London Road, in ELDER PLACE, Brighton BN1 4GY. 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.

Campaigns & information


Click here for recycling outlets to avoid fly-tipping


Local authorities, including Brighton and Hove City Council, regard placing articles on pavements in the hope that they will find new owners as fly-tipping:  a criminal offence which can carry an unlimited fine.

See the RNIB's Who put that there campaign?



Reporting fly-tipping

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.

Please use social media or recycling outlets to dispose of unwanted items. Have them collected from off-street locations such as your home or deliver them yourself. Small-scale flytipping (pavement donations)  establish practices which can encourage larger-scale flytipping: 












What is wrong with "Please Take" stacks?

On "your own property" nothing at all, but "on public open space" (such as a pavement) Councils are compelled to regard this as fly-tipping, even if the stack is there just for a short time.

The law on flytipping is the same for everyone. It would cost society far too much in legal expenses if, instead of being "a single law for all", there were  subtle variations allowing for

  • the amount left on the pavement,
  • the perceived usefulness or value of what is deposited,
  • the intentions of owners to remove unclaimed items after a certain time,
  • the hope that items tidily stacked against a wall won't be scattered by cherry-pickers etc.

Some residents regard "neighbourhood practice" as the example to follow. The problem here is that larger-scale flytippers, whose actions can trash a street scene and endanger pedestrians, may be led by the same example. If neighbours don't do it, it becomes easy to identify and stop the industrial flytippers.

There is a lot on the news at the moment about illegal tipping on an horrendous scale. The more we can do to discourage it - and to persuade minor players not to take their lead from inconsiderate examples - the more pleasant our streets will look.

This page was last updated by Ted on 09-Mar-2020
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