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Fire at Crawley Household Waste Recycling Site

Posted on 27 July 2020

The Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) in Metcalf Way, Crawley, will be closed for the time being following a fire on Friday 17 July.

The closure is needed while structural engineers inspect the extent of the damage to the building and to allow for burnt and dampened waste to be removed.

People who were planning to visit the site are being advised to instead safely store their waste, or to go to an alternative West Sussex site.

The HWRS at Horsham will temporarily be open on Tuesday and Wednesday to help local residents to dispose of their recycling and waste, but unfortunately will not be able to accept vehicles with trailers.

Residents are asked to store their waste wherever possible, and to make full use of kerbside collections, rather than making longer journeys to dispose of their waste.

Trailers with a permit are currently only accepted at Worthing and Billingshust HWRSs from 1pm to 6pm on weekdays.

The known causes of waste site fires include hot coals, gas canisters, and batteries, including lithium ion batteries (commonly found in a variety of products such as eCigarettes, mobile phones, toys, cameras and laptop computers). West Sussex County Council asks residents to dispose of these items responsibly, for example batteries can be placed in the designated battery disposal facilities at recycling centres. Please visit the West Sussex Recycles website for more information on safe disposal of these items