Issue details

Limit use of Household Waste Recycling Sites to West Sussex residents

A number of West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) are located close to the County Council’s borders. Site-user postcode surveys indicate that a significant proportion (approximately 10%) of users at these sites are from outside of West Sussex. There are three main reasons:


·           West Sussex sites are more proximate or accessible to many Surrey, East Sussex and Brighton residents than sites provided by their own local authority.

·           Residents from out of county come into West Sussex to work and drop off material close to their workplace. For example, the Crawley HWRS provides a convenient facility for thousands of workers commuting into the Manor Royal Industrial Estate.

·           Surrounding counties have more restrictions on the type of material that is accepted, without charge, at West Sussex sites.


The situation has worsened since East Sussex County Council closed the nearest of its sites to East Grinstead and introduced charging for soil and hardcore in 2018. This year, Surrey County Council has further increased the restrictions on the type of waste material received at their sites.


As a result, West Sussex is a net importer of household waste. By limiting the use of HWRS to West Sussex residents, there will be a subsequent reduction in household waste and savings of approximately £250k/year will be made.



Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 21/08/2019

Decision due: October 2019 by Cabinet Member for Environment

Lead member: Mrs Deborah Urquhart

Contact: Gareth Rollings, Commissioning and Infrastructure Manager Email: Tel: 033 022 24161.

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.



Neighbouring local authorities have been advised of the proposal and invited to comment.

The decision would not impact West Sussex residents or local authorities.

Environment, Communities and Fire Select Committee, 20 September 2019


Democratic Services Contact: Judith Shore Tel: 033 022 26052

West Sussex Plan Priority: Sustainable Environment


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