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Recycling sites

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.

West Sussex has 11 Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) to help West Sussex householders recycle waste from their homes. Recycling centres used to be known as rubbish tips or dumps. They are now called Household Waste Recycling Sites or HWRSs, as the majority of waste is recycled.

There is a gross vehicle weight restriction of 3.00 tonnes at all sites.

All vehicles over 2.2 metres high must use:  Burgess Hill, Crawley, Westhampnett and Worthing HWRS only.

Construction and Demolition waste is restricted to 200kg per visit. 

Please click on your local site on the left hand side to find out opening times and what can be recycled at the site. Or you can use the map below to locate your nearest site.

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


From 1 October 2018

West Sussex residents who drive a commercial-type vehicle will need to have a permit to dispose of their household waste at County Council recycling sites.

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 scheme is being introduced at all 11 West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Sites and the two mobile sites.

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 will be banned from Bognor Regis and Littlehampton sites. Residents can start applying for a permit from1 August 2018.

To find out more visit

Permits and vehicle restrictions

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

Site user guidelines


Please read these User Guidelines to understand what restrictions are in place to help you have an efficient and safe visit to your local HWRS.

Please remember to wear suitable clothing when visiting our sites, feet and hands are the most vulnerable, so please remember to protect these with sensible gloves and footwear. 

Trade waste

Please click here for information on how to dispose of trade/business waste and recycling. For locations of trade waste facilities and prices, please ring 01903 712620.

Use of hire vehicles

When hiring a vehicle, please refer to the User Guidelines for details of which sites will accommodate the height, width and length of your hire vehicle.

Where is my nearest site?

Please use the map below to locate your nearest site. The green 'V' tags indicate the locations of all the Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) in West Sussex.

Public Weighbridge Opening Times

Burgess Hill   
Monday - Friday  08:00 - 16:30
Monday - Friday  08:30 - 16:30