Southdowns - Community

veolia east sussex Community

Find out how we are putting corporate

responsibility into action in South Downs

Veolia takes corporate and social responsibility seriously and is involved with a number of local organisations to help improve community facilities and foster good relationships.

Come and see what happens to your waste

School children can now find out about waste and all sorts of materials that end up in the bin that could be recycled, thanks to Veolia's new Schools Pack. The aim is to get Kids thinking about where things need to go to be recycled or reused instead of throwing it away.   With the real challenge being how to Reduce your waste, the ‘lets go shopping’ game shows children how to buy things with less packaging.  Getting kids Waste Wise helps us all recycle and of course they will be our recyclers of the future!    

Anyone interested in a school visit to one of our facilities please contact: 01273 511324 or email: [email protected].

Residents and Community Groups 

Interested in a visit to one of our facilities?  Please contact: 01273 511324 or email: [email protected].

To join a quarterly Community Liaison Group meeting at the Holingdean Materials Recovery Facility, Newhaven Energy Recovery Facility or Woodlands In-Vessel Composting Facility please contact: 01273 511324 or email: [email protected].

Employee volunteering in action!

We demonstrate our commitment to being a 'good neighbour' by encouraging all our staff to spend a paid half day a year giving something back to their local community. Staff regularly help out at the Growing Together Community Garden in Newhaven and Combe Valley Countryside Park.

For more information please call 01273 511310.

Wonder Days

Have you ever wondered what happens to your paper, cans, green waste and plastic when they have been collected for recycling? Have you ever wondered what these can then be turned into? Come along and discover all these things and more at our ‘waste & recycling wonder’ open days. Guided tours will be running throughout the day with plenty of opportunities to ask questions and discover what happens at our state-of-the-art recycling facilities.

Wonder Days near you:

  • Woodlands In-Vessel Composting Facility - Wednesday 8th May 2024 - 10am - 2pm. FULLY BOOKED.
  • Hollingdean Materials Recovery Facility - Thursday 24th October 2024 - 10am - 3pm.  Please  call 01273 544205 to book a tour.
  • Newhaven Energy Recovery Facility - Wednesday 25th September 2024 - 10am - 3pm. Please call 01273 511310 to book a tour. 

Paint Recycling

Residents can now reuse and recycle their unwanted household water-based white and magnolia paint at their local Veolia’s Household Waste Recycling Site.

This year an impressive 17.5 tonnes of paint has been recycled by Veolia who have recently formed a partnership with New Life Paints Ltd a company based in Ford, West Sussex who reprocess waste water-based paint back into a premium grade emulsion.

Paint for the scheme is collected at the 14 Household Waste Recycling Sites’ operated by Veolia on behalf of East Sussex County Council and Brighton & Hove City Council.   Members of the public can hand paint to any member of the site staff. 

The location of all the Household Waste Recycling Sites in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove and the materials you can recycle including paint can be found on our recycling sites page.

The Veolia Environmental Trust

The Veolia Environmental Trust awards grants to projects that have a community or environmental benefit and are within five miles of Veolia facilities. They are an independent registered environmental body; Click here for more infomation.