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Residents urged to recycle Christmas trees

West Sussex residents with real Christmas trees are being encouraged to recycle them this festive season. All real Christmas trees – minus baubles, lights and tinsel – can be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Site and added to the green waste container.

Some districts offer alternatives to this.

  • Worthing and Adur will collect and recycle your real Christmas tree for you at the same time as they collect your rubbish, if you put it out for collection on your usual bin day from mid-January.
  • In Mid Sussex, you cannot leave it on the kerbside, but there are 26 additional sites where you can take your real tree for recycling from 31 December until 14 January. Just be sure to place your tree in the marked bay.
  • Residents in Chichester can leave trees next to their green waste bins, but those in Arun and Horsham are asked to cut up their trees and place them inside.

If you would like more information, visit your local district council website.


Major Tim calling Mum and anyone at home?

The parents of Sussex astronaut, Tim Peake, missed a phone call from their son from the deck of the International Space Station.

At home in Westbourne in West Sussex, Nigel and Angela Peake spoke of the surreal moment they heard Tim's voice from space. But first.... have a listen for yourself to the answerphone message

How! Major Tim Peake talks to Fred from International Space Station

"Way better than I'd imagined." That's the reaction from astronaut Major Tim Peake, giving his first news conference from the International Space Station, orbiting more than 250 miles above the earth.

Fred was among the journalists at the European Astronaut Centre near Cologne in Germany, who fired a range of questions to him.

And among the answers: Thanks, greetings and best wishes to his friends and family in West Sussex and his former colleagues at the Army Air Corps at Middle Wallop in Hampshire.

How! Major Tim Peake greets Fred from International Space Station

Major Tim Peake has given a press conference from the International Space Station, three days after he became the first Brit to leave Earth's atmosphere since 1991. The first question came from our very own Fred Dinenage - and the pair exchanged 'How!' greetings.


Abort! Abort! Disaster for Fred as he crashes Soyuz rocket simulator

Fred thought he would make the perfect astronaut - until he tried a simulator of the Soyuz rocket at the European Astronaut Centre in Germany. The rocket carried Major Tim Peake safely to the International Space Station. However, well into the flight, Fred developed a few problems...

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