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From Dec 1st you will need to show ID to use recycling site in Crawley

A new system to allow only West Sussex residents to use Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) is expected to save local taxpayers £250,000 per year.



Surveys have shown that an average of one in ten people using HWRSs closest to the county borders live outside of West Sussex. At East Grinstead, this can increase to as many as one in five people. 

It’s thought the high number of people travelling across county boundaries is down to tougher restrictions imposed by neighbouring authorities.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“We are in the position where sites in West Sussex are located close to the borders of neighbouring authorities. And at the same time other councils have introduced tough restrictions which limit what people can dispose of.

“This puts us at a disadvantage because people are choosing to travel to West Sussex with their waste, where currently such restrictions don’t apply.

“This is having a significant impact on waste disposal costs which ultimately fall to the West Sussex taxpayer. With the current state of local government finances we simply cannot continue to subsidise other counties in this way and so we are looking to introduce this new scheme to address this imbalance.”

The County Council will limit the use at all 11 of its HWRSs to West Sussex residents only from 1 December 2019. 

The new policy will be enforced through identification checks at the entrances to HWRSs to confirm that the site visitor pays their council tax to West Sussex County Council. 

People will need to show only one form of identification, such as:

• Current driving licence (photo card or paper licence)
• TV licence – less than a year old
• Council tax or utility bill – less than a year old

Further details about the changes will be advertised at HWRSs and online at and in the coming weeks.


Wood, furniture & electrical among more items allowed at Crawley’s Waste Recycling Site from Monday



Household Waste Recycling Sites will start accepting more items including wood, furniture and electrical items from Monday 1st June.

Residents will be able to dispose of the following items at all sites in West Sussex:

• garden waste
• general household waste
• wood
• cardboard
• electrical items
• bulky items
• white goods
• furniture.

Unfortunately, soil, hardcore, plasterboard, asbestos, tyres and textiles/clothes will not be allowed at this time. This is to ensure social distancing measures can be maintained and to limit queues.

The mobile services at Selsey and the Witterings will begin reopening from Thursday 4 June for wood and green waste only, starting with the Witterings.

Residents are still asked to only visit sites if their journey is necessary and their waste or recycling is not suitable for kerbside collection.

Social distancing measures are in place at all sites which means a smaller number of people will be allowed in at one time, and could result in long queues.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“The sites will soon be able to accept a much wider variety of waste, starting from Monday 1st June, including cardboard, electrical items and furniture. I am also pleased to say we are reopening the mobile services at Selsey and the Witterings from Thursday 4 June for green waste and wood only, starting with the Witterings.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been storing their waste safely at home up until now.

“Sites are likely to be busy with long queues so please consider whether your journey is necessary before you set off.”

Vans and pickup trucks with a permit can now enter sites. Trailers are still not allowed at this time, to help ensure social distancing and to limit queues.

To apply for a van or pickup permit, visit:

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