Refuse – Reduce – Reuse – Repair – Recycle – Rot

Please see links below for some ways to get involved and learn more about zero waste. It seems that there are new initiatives every week: if you come across any we’ve missed, or that are out of date, please get in touch so that we can keep this page as useful as possible. If you are running a big event, scroll down to find some zero waste help.


  • The Refillery  in Drapers Yard take your own containers to buy pasta, cereal, dried fruit, toiletries, household products and more
  • Refill and Replenish, Hampshire’s first mobile plastic-free shop!
  •  City Grocer on North Street.
  • Refill Chichester  (+ FB) to find out where to refill your water bottle
  • Refill Nationwide water bottle refill scheme
  • Bognor and Chichester #return the plastic FB group
  • Cloth nappy library (via facebook)
  • Zero Waste store in East Wittering (Mind, Body, Medical at Wittering Walk, Cakeham Rd, East Wittering, Chichester PO20 8RR)
  • Mobile store Refill and Replenish on the Hampshire side see here for where they’ll be and when.
  • EcoSwap Community hub opened in Bognor in July – see their FB page.
  • EcoStepByStep run by Diana Morgan sells eco friendly and FairTrade goods such as toiletries, cleaning products beeswax wraps and laundry eggs.  Some 5l refill sizes are available. You can order online or via Diana email: (preferred) or on 07585 553652.
    You can also order items and collect from the Jenny Quest at the Lavant Primary School Brunch Cafe at St Nicholas Church, Lavant. Held on the first Saturday of the month. They also sell a wider range of Fair Trade products.
  • Take the WSCC climate pledge here
  • Local markets have fruit and veg, and look out for olives and nuts which can fill your own containers.
  • Cleaning products refillery at Horsham Repair Cafe 1st Saturday of the month
  • Wash your clothes without detergent try Terra Wash
  • Eighth Plate – visit the website for ideas on food waste reduction
  • British pulses at Hodmedod’s avoid importing pulses from abroad by buying British
  • Horsham Repair Cafe takes place on the last Saturday of each month at the Sussex Green Hub


  • Food recycling with UKHarvest a Chichester based company. UKHarvest collects quality surplus food from a variety of retailers/ producers and delivers it, direct and free of charge, to incredible charities that can make use of it to support those in need. They provide much needed assistance to vulnerable men, women and children across the UK.
  • Freecycle Chichester
  • Grandads Front Room, Bognor collects surplus food from shops and excess produce from Chichester community allotments
  • Old duvets, towels and newspapers: Cat and Rabbit Rescue, Sidlesham
  • Rapanui is a clothing company on the Isle of Wight who will take back its clothing to recycle it
  • Stone Pillow if you have good quality furniture or electrical appliances which you no longer need and  you live in Chichester, Arun or the surrounding areas, contact Stonepillow Restore by telephone 01243 698547 or email and we can discuss your donations and arrange a collection date with you. Alternatively you can bring your donations to Restore, Unit 3, Plot 27, Terminus Road, PO19 8UE and take the opportunity to browse for hidden treasures!
  • Green Goblet – reusable branded cups for events
  • Toast ale – planet saving brewing- a beer made from surplus fresh bread



WSCC collect more than you might think. See their official page, but also this one and their FB page.  You can visit the Ford Materials Recycling Facility and see for yourself what happens to the contents of our recycling bins.

  • Aldingbourne wood recycling
  • Milk bottle tops recycling at St Paul’s and at 12th Chichester Scout Hut and St Wilfrid’s church hall, Parklands.  Also at St Richards Church and Selsey Town Hall
  • Batteries:  Tesco, M&S and many more!
  • Biscuit wrappers: Chichester College and Fishbourne Roman Palace
  • Blister packs from tablets: your WSCC recycling box
  • Bras drop off at Smitten, 59 North Street, Chichester
  • contact lens recycling scheme: Boots (who collect old spectacles too)
  • cosmetic containers: Body Shop Chichester (including toothpaste tubes)
  • Crisp packets (clean, plastic – all types) to be collected by Terra Cycle. Collection points now at Chichester College, Fishbourne Roman Palace and at Assembly rooms on North Street, Chichester.
  • Electrical – most charities won’t take these (but see small electricals below) StonePillow take good quality working items like fridges, washing machines
  • Furniture – Stone Pillow and St Wilfred’s Hospice shop in Chichester, both will collect from home. Grandads Front Room in Bognor Regis, including white goods
  • Ink cartridges: St Wilfred’s Hospice shops and Chidham primary school
  • Pens, including biros, felt tips, highlighters: Jenny, Eco Chi member is collecting these to recycle via Lavant School TerraCycle scheme. Please bring any pens to the Monday meetings at Crispins Tea Room. Jessie Younghusband School also have a collection box, as does Chichester College
  • Shoes and clothes – good quality items to either swap rail at Eco Chi stall or to the many charity shops. Textiles and shoes can also be put in the schwopping bins in Marks & Spencer (By the tills at the North St and East Street branches). They are passed on to Oxfam who sort them into saleable and non-saleable. The latter go for shredding for other uses. Chidham school also has clothes textiles bin in playground (they benefit from collections)
  • small electrical goods: Cancer Research on South Street (they have someone who can test them)
  •  ‘Soft’ plastic bags can be recycled at most supermarkets  with bins to do this. Another idea from nifty bins is to use soft plastics to stuff cushions, for example outdoor ones made from old tents!
  • Soil and hardcore – Bognor Road opposite Honda on the A259 going to Bognor from Chichester
  • Spectacles + mobiles: Oxfam South St
  • stamps – Oxfam South Street; Lavant Church
  • sweet wrappers: Kilo bags of sweetie wrappers for a charitable cause; Recycling for Ellie’s Fund – a BTRS Charity Fund.   Please see link for more details.
  • Tesco – plastic bags, light bulbs, ink cartridges, batteries
  • Toothpaste tubes, and other plastic oral hygiene items: Tangmere Dental Practice Malcolm Rd, for the Cat and Rabbit Rescue at Sidlesham. Other dental practices do this, including Mulready Dental Practice in Midhurst. Why not ask your dentist to do this?
  • Water filters – Robert Dyas
  • Watches: Cancer research shop also take  & sell them on with new batteries in.
  • TerraCycle  offers recycling programmes funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle waste. Choose the programs you’d like to join; start collecting in your home, school, or office; download free shipping labels; and send them your waste to be recycled. To find schemes already running in West Sussex look at Waste Not Want Not This website has lots of useful information about recycling and re-using.



Beverage Cups

Ecoffee Cups

Takeaway coffee cups made from Natural Fibre Could be used as part of a deposit scheme like that used in Boston Tea Party (café chain in Southern England)

Natural fibre, BPA free, dishwasher safe, branding.

Contact: Claire (Customer Services Manager)(

Cup Club

Washable, reusable, unbranded takeaway coffee cups. Currently only working in London but looking to expand to a suitable location.


Food waste

UK Harvest

NCASS – National Caterers Association – 8th Plate Project. Food collection after events. Distribution to charities. They can provide varying levels of support.. Contact: Demi Lockett (

Toast Ale

Brews beer from waste bread.

Contact: Mikey Rothwell (


Company that turns spent coffee grounds into coffee “logs” for use as fuel. Smells amazing. They are partnered with Veolia who collect the grounds.



Paper tape instead of plastic.

Cheap in bulk. Reinforced or solvent kraft

Cable ties

Releasable, reusable 25+ : £15/100x

Clingfilm in the Kitchens

Spring, London

High end restaurant in London that has eliminated cling film use in their kitchen. They used 800 miles of cling film per year. They now only use reusable containers. Only buy from suppliers who share their vision and provide reusable containers.

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