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Changes agreed for West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Sites

Posted on 21 July 2016

Changes will be made to West Sussex’s 11 Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) after a decision from the Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services.

The changes are to be made following feedback from 4,899 residents who took part in a four week public consultation, the comments of the Inter Authority Waste Group, district and borough and parish councils and the Environmental and Community Services Select Committee.

The Cabinet Member has approved the following changes to the Household Waste Recycling Services in West Sussex with effect from 1 October 2016:

• Change the daily opening hours at all sites to 10am to 7pm five days a week in summer and 10am to 5pm in winter
• Change the number of days 8 of the Household Waste Recycling Sites open each week – but all will be open weekends. (excluding three sites, Crawley, Burgess Hill and Westhampnett, that are required to operate alongside Waste Transfer Stations which remain open 7 days a week)
• Midhurst will now be open on Sundays (subject to planning permission)
• Introduce charges for the disposal of non-household waste i.e.  soil, hard-core, DIY, plasterboard of £4 a bag/sheet (a standard rubble sack of 45l /20-25 kg)
• Introduce charges of £4 for car and vans tyres.
• Refusal to accept LGV, tractor and mobile plant tyres.
• Make changes to the Mobile Household Waste Recycling Service – most of the Chichester District Council mobile HWRSs will close, but Selsey and The Witterings will offer waste and recycling services on a fortnightly basis
• Review the access of trailers to HWRS sites with a possible exception for small trailers.
• Invest in an enforcement team to support the existing enforcement measures against fly tipping carried out by district and borough councils.
• Review how support can be improved to voluntary, community and charitable organisations in managing their waste
• Explore the possibility of using Hambrook mobile site as a “re use” centre with perhaps some recycling

David Barling, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “I have made this decision carefully and considered all of the possible options before me.

“I have listened to the views of the public, with more people than ever before making their voices heard in a council consultation, and there was substantial understanding of the financial circumstances driving this.

“As a council we have to make savings, due to a shortfall in Government funding, and this decision is the best option we have to make the £2 million a year savings needed.

“We are not closing any sites and are keeping them open at weekends, which our public consultation shows West Sussex residents wanted.”

David added: “Our Household Waste Recycling Sites will continue to be extremely well run and will still provide an effective, but more efficient, service.

“Following concerns about these changes to fly-tipping levels, we are creating an enforcement team of two extra officers to support the work currently done by our partners in district and borough councils. We will also work with the Farmers Union and private landowners to ensure fly-tipping is prevented as much as possible.

“Fly-tipping remains an illegal activity and we will support, advise and provide a clear direction for reporting any incidents of fly-tipping.”

To see the changes, in full, click here