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Crawley Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) will remain closed until the end of August.

Please use an alternative site East Grinstead, Burgess Hill or Horsham.

Please note: Horsham Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) will be open Tuesday and Wednesday until further notice following the fire at Crawley.

Thank you for your co-operation.

From Monday 6th July the range of items accepted at Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) across West Sussex will be extended to include all waste streams, with minor exceptions.

Construction waste such as hardcore, plasterboard and asbestos will not be accepted at the Midhurst, Bognor Regis and Westhampnett sites.

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 at the site you are visiting, 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 necessary.

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

Trailers will permitted at Crawley, Billingshurst and Worthing, but only on weekday afternoons from 1pm – 6pm , due to the operational changes being made to sites in order for them to access safely. However, trailers will not be accepted the at other sites for the time being, nor can they enter these three sites at weekends or on weekday mornings.

The mobile service that visits Selsey and the Witterings reopenied, 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. This may lead to queues at some sites, and visitors are asked to respect local residents and businesses by not blocking entrances

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 unless strictly necessary. Please travel to the sites alone if possible. If other people travel to the site with you, they must remain in the vehicle where possible. Children should always remain within the vehicle

Site staff will not be able to help unload your waste and recycling

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

    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.

    Please note: Vans over 2.2 meters high must use Burgess Hill, Westhampnett and Worthing sites only.

    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