Issue details

Household Waste Recycling Sites - mobile service and charging for DIY waste

The County Council suspended charging householders for the disposal of ‘DIY waste’ which includes construction/demolition type waste such as soil, hard-core and plasterboard waste at Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) in September 2017 (decision ref ENV04 2017/18). This was to await further central government guidance which, over two years later, is still not available. The government’s ‘Resources and Waste Strategy for England’ published in December 2018 stated its intention to clarify the situation. WSCC’s neighbouring authorities all make a charge for DIY waste which results in use of West Sussex sites by persons from outside the county and creates additional expense for the collection and disposal of such materials by the County Council.


Before making a decision, the Cabinet Member Environment will take into account any further government advice and the impact of other measures to reduce use by persons from outside the county.


A mobile household waste recycling service operates in Selsey and The Witterings and householders currently use the service to recycle green garden waste, wood, small metal and electrical items, paper and cardboard.  The mobile service does not accept soil and hardcore or hazardous materials. Options for this service to be delivered in other ways, including dialogue with the Town and Parish Councils in the catchment area, will be explored before public consultation on the option to withdraw the service.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: For Determination

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 30/07/2019

Decision due: November 2019 by Cabinet Member for Environment

Lead member: Councillor Deborah Urquhart

Contact: Steve Read, Director of Environment and Public Protection Email: Tel: 033 022 22654.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member Environment, via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.




The re-introduction of charges for the disposal of construction and demolition (DIY) waste has previously been subject to public consultation.

Parish and town councils and community groups will be consulted about the mobile waste recycling service.

Environment, Communities and Fire Select Committee


Democratic Services Contact: Judith Shore Tel: 033 022 26052

Background3: Safer, Stronger Communities

Background papers

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