We are currently trialling a free kerbside collection service for your unwanted textiles and broken small electrical items.

The trial will initially cover approximately 75% of households in the Chichester District and has been designed to make recycling at home even easier. The trial started in July 2021 and will last for 12 months. We will then look at options to see if this is something we could roll out to the whole of the district.

As part of the trial we are also introducing a coffee pod recycling service in partnership with Podback. 

How does the textile and small electrical collection service work?

To use this service you will need to place your items out for collection in one of our dedicated recycling bags - a blue bag for textiles and a pink bag for small electricals.

Collections take place once a month by a dedicated crew, so collection days may be different to your normal bin day. You can check your next textiles and small electricals collection day:

Once you have received your recycling bag(s), follow these instructions to help us recycle your items:

  1. Check it - check to see if your item is accepted on our checklist and make sure you check your collection day.
  2. Bag it - place your items in the correct bag provided (a blue bag for textiles and a pink bag for small electricals).
  3. Tie it - tie the bag securely so the contents stay dry and secure.
  4. Recycle it - place the bag outside at your normal collection point where it is clearly visible from the roadside by 7am on the morning of collection.
  5. Let us do the rest! The dedicated crew will collect the bags each month for sorting and recycling.

Please do not leave bags out overnight. If the items become wet, we are unable to recycle them and won't be able to collect your bags as part of this service.

For more information about the trial service, please see our frequently asked questions.

 

What do we collect?

Textiles

What textiles products we can collectWhat textiles products we cannot collect
Clean, dry clothingGeneral waste
Paired shoesSoiled and wet clothing
Handbags and beltsCarpet and rugs
SheetDuvets and pillows
Pillow casesMetal, glass and sharp objects
TowelsMasks
CurtainsBooks or bric-a-brac

Small electricals

What small electrical products we can collectWhat small electrical products we cannot collect
HairdryersGeneral waste
DVD players and game consolesMobile phones
Small kitchen appliancesLaptops
Smoke detectors and thermostatsSharp objects
Chargers and plugsLarge electrical items
RadiosBatteries

Frequently asked questions

Can I use any bags?


No, to use this service please use the special bags we provide. This helps our crew to identify the bags and reduce missed collections. Please remember, use the pink bag for small electricals and the blue bag for textiles.

 

Will I automatically receive the bags if I am in the trial area?

No. To use this service simply request a bag using our form. We aim to deliver bags within 10 working days.

How many bags can I put out?

Please put out one bag per waste stream. In total you can put out: one pink bag for small electricals, one blue bag for textiles alongside any coffee pod bags for each scheduled collection.

How do I get more bags?

Request a small electrical and textile recycling collection bag. We aim to deliver bags within 10 working days.

Where can I find my collection day?

Collections take place once a month by a dedicated crew so collections days may be different to your normal bin day. Please check your collection day

Please place your bags just inside your property boundary at the nearest point to the public highway/road by 7am on the morning of collection. Collections for this service are completed by a special collection crew so please ensure your bags are clearly visible from the roadside and not placed behind or in your waste or recycling bin.

What should I do if my bag is full and I can't fit in all of my items?

If you have any excess items that can't fit in your bag, you can take these to your nearest Recycling Centre . There you can recycle unwanted electrical items (big or small) as well as textiles. We also offer a Bulky household waste collection service for large items.

 

Can I put textiles and small electricals in the same bag?

No. To ensure your items are recycled, please use the blue bag we provide for textiles and the pink bag for small electricals.

My electrical item does not fit in the dedicated recycling bag?

The trial service is for small electrical items only. For larger items that do not fit in the bag please visit our Bulky household waste collection service page, or take the item to  your nearest Recycling Centre .

 

My bags have not been collected - what do I do?

Unfortunately, we are unable to return to collect missed bags. If we miss your bag please either:

  • Keep the bag until your next scheduled collection day.
  • Take the items to your nearest Recycling Centre .
  • Consider alternative repair or re-use options. 

Please remember your bag will not be collected if the items are wet, or if they contain items that we cannot collect. 

Please also check to make sure your items were placed out on the correct collection day, visible from the roadside and not placed behind or in your waste or recycling bin. Collections for this service may be different to your normal bin day.

 

What happens to the material collected?


The textiles collected at kerbside are taken away and sorted into different grades according to their condition.  They are either sent to be reused in the developing countries or recycled into different products within the UK and other countries.

Small electrical items are processed at a specialist facility which breaks down the component parts and then recycles them into something new.

 

I live in a property with a shared communal bin.  Can I still participate?

If you live in a flat or communal property with shared bins, we will need to assess your collection arrangements. Please email us at wasteandrecycling@chichester.gov.uk to arrange a collection point.

Why am I not included in the 75% trial area?

Unfortunately, we are only able to trial this service in 75% of the district. If you are not eligible, you can still recycle your items by taking them to your nearest Recycling Centre .  Once the trial is complete, we will be looking to see if this is something we could potentially roll out to the whole of the district.

 

Are there other ways to make use of my unwanted textiles and small electricals?


If they are in good condition, we'd encourage you to consider donating these to one of the many fantastic charities in our district where they can find a new home. The focus of this trial is to help residents recycle as much as possible and collect items charities may not be able to accept, such as old and worn clothing.

Are there other ways to make use of my unwanted small electricals?

If they are in good condition, we'd encourage you to consider donating these to one of the many fantastic charities in our district where they can find a new home. Alternatively it is always preferable to try and repair something rather than recycling it.