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Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) across West Sussex began reopening from Monday 11th May for limited materials.

From Monday 1st June the range of items will be extended to include garden waste, general household waste, wood, cardboard, electrical items, bulky items, and furniture. We are currently unable to accept soil / hardcore, plasterboard, asbestos, tyres or textiles for the time being.

If you are thinking of taking a trip to one of the HWRSs there are several things, you need to consider.

Before planning your journey you should:

Check that the item(s) you are bringing are accepted, as per the list above

Check our opening hours and days. Sites will be running their usual summer opening days and hours.  Not all sites are open every day, so please make sure to check before making a journey.

Before visiting a site please note:

You should continue to use your household collections for recycling and general waste where possible, and only visit the site if the journey is essential.

Vans and pickups will be permitted on the sites, but will need to display their WSCC permit to access the site

Trailers will continue to be rejected for the time being due to the operational changes made to sites.

The mobile service that visits Selsey and the Witterings will be reopening, from Thursday 4th June, for wood and garden waste only. Please check for the opening dates and times.

Once at the sites there will be certain measures in place for the safety of visitors and staff:

The number of vehicles accessing the sites will be restricted. Visitors should expect long delays at sites and should delay their visit to avoid the first couple of weeks if possible.

There will be no pedestrian access at any of the sites under the current social distancing measures

Social distancing barriers will be in place. Visitors will be directed into enclosed bays to dispose of their waste.

Only one person will be allowed to get out of a vehicle. Please travel to the sites alone if possible. If other people travel to the site with you, they must remain in the vehicle.

Site staff will not be able to help unload your waste and recycling. Please do not bring anything that you cannot safely remove from your car on your own.

Residents may need to move their vehicle and repark in order to access different bays.


On this website you'll find information about what you can put in your recycling bin at home and what other things you can recycle at your local Household Waste Recycling Site.Recycling is easy. There are lots of items you can recycle in West Sussex.

You can also find out what happens to your recycling once it has been picked up from your home and taken to Ford Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) for the next stage of the recycling process.

For more information on Waste Prevention Advisor Scheme or to find out about events where the Waste Prevention Team will be attending please click here

Proof of residency at Household Waste and Recycling Sites (HWRS)

 From 1 December 2019 residents using a West Sussex household waste recycling site (HWRS) will need to provide proof of residency in West Sussex. Access will be denied to the sites if proof of address is not shown or you live outside of West Sussex. 

Acceptable forms of ID:

  • Current driving licence (a photo card or paper licence will be accepted) - preferred option
  • Council Tax bill - from the current Council Tax financial year
  • Utility bill (gas, electric or water) - less than a year old
  • TV licence less than a year old
  • Letter from HMRC or the Home Office - less than a year old
  • Current Bus Pass
  • Current Disabled Parking Permit

Further information about the new requirements can be found here


Householders who drive a commercial-type vehicle are also reminded to obtain a free permit before visiting the HWRSs.

The permit will apply to anyone who uses a van, pickup or single axle trailer and will be available to West Sussex residents only.

The permits are designed to help address congestion at the sites and eliminate illegal disposal of commercial waste.

In addition, some vehicles will no longer be allowed to use HWRSs. Restricted vehicles include:

  • multi axle trailers,
  • horse boxes,
  • tipper trucks,
  • flatbed or dropside trucks,
  • luton type vans. 

For health and safety reasons all trailers are banned from Bognor Regis and Littlehampton sites. 

To find out more visit

Permits and vehicle restrictions

Find out more about new requirements for permits and vehicle restrictions.

For more information on obtaining a permit, visit