Glass recycling changes as new contract is launched

Changes to how glass is collected for recycling in Hastings, Rother and Wealden have now come into affect.

As of the end of June, a new contractor – Biffa – are now responsible for bin collections in all three areas, and for street cleaning in Rother and Wealden.

Residents will no longer need to separate recyclable glass bottles and jars. Instead, they can place them in the recycling bin along with other recyclable materials, including paper, cardboard and cans.

For most residents, waste collection arrangements – including bin collection dates and garden waste collections for those who subscribe to it – will not change when Biffa starts the contract.

However, there are now minor changes to what can be recycled. Tetrapaks, such as juice or long-life milk cartons, will no longer be processed as recycling, due to recent changes in the kinds of materials now accepted by cardboard producers. Tetrapaks will need to be placed into waste bins, so they can be sent to the Newhaven Energy Recovery Facility.

Cllr Roy Galley chairs the East Sussex Joint Waste and Recycling Committee, overseeing the work of the Joint Waste Partnership, which includes Hastings Borough Council, Rother District Council, Wealden District Council and East Sussex County Council.

He said: “In Biffa we are joining forces with a specialist waste company with a proven track record. We’re confident they will deliver an excellent, value-for-money service for our residents.

Residents should start putting recyclable glass bottles and jars in your recycling bin and put Tetrapaks in the refuse bin with your non-recycled waste.

As with any change, it’s possible there may be some disruption. We’d ask residents to check their local district or borough council website for updates of any changes to services and to continue to report any missed collections before 5pm on the next working day.”

From now all district and borough councils in East Sussex – Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Rother and Wealden – will collect the same mix of dry recycling which will be processed through a county-wide recycling contract with Viridor. Recycling will be taken to their Materials Recycling Facility at Crayford for processing.

Cllr Nick Bennett, East Sussex County Council deputy leader, said: “Advances in technology mean we’re now able to sort glass for recycling without the need to place it in separate containers, which hopefully will make things simpler for residents.

We’d encourage residents to check on their local district or borough council website what kinds of materials can be recycled. Please continue to rinse out any items, before putting them loose in your recycling bin, to avoid contamination of waste.”

With this changeover, residents will no longer need their glass recycling box and can either keep it for other uses in the home, garage or garden or take it to their local Household Waste Recycling Site. They should not put these boxes in their recycling or refuse bin.

More information about recycling in the three partnership areas is available online at, and the Rother and Hastings council websites.