Proof of residency at Household Waste and Recycling Sites

Anyone using an HWRS are required to provide proof of residency in West Sussex.

Residents are required to show ID when they visit a West Sussex Household Waste and Recycling Site (HWRS) for proof of residency. Access to sites will be denied if you do not have proof of address or are not a West Sussex council taxpayer. See if you need to book your visit in advance on our Book to recycle page.

Special arrangement for East Grinstead HWRS

Surrey County Council make a contribution to the running costs of the East Grinstead site and therefore, in addition to West Sussex residents, Surrey residents in the following postcodes are allowed access:

  • RH7 6
  • RH10 3
  • RH19 2
  • RH19 3
  • TN8 7
  • TN8 5
  • TN8 6

In order to gain access, residents from these postcode areas will need to show one form of identification from the list below.

Acceptable forms of ID

Residents need to show one form of identification from the list below. Any other form of identification will not be accepted on site.

  • Current driving licence (photo card or paper licence will be accepted) - preferred option
  • Council Tax bill - from the current 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

Reasons for the change

Strong evidence shows that people living outside West Sussex are using our Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs). This has resulted in West Sussex County Council (WSCC) paying substantial disposal charges applied to their waste, and increased congestion from the extra traffic coming to our sites.

Providing proof of residency enables us to better control the process. We expect some traffic delays at our sites initially, however, we are committed to providing residents with a high-quality service and this will not change.

The scheme only applies to HWRSs (including the two mobile sites) in West Sussex, as other counties have their own policies in place. If you do not live in West Sussex you can obtain details of your local HWRS by contacting your local authority.

All our sites are for household waste only. Find information about how to dispose of business and commercial waste.

How the checks will work

  • Site staff will only ask to see your proof of address - they will not record or keep this information.
  • Each time you arrive at a site you will be met by a member of staff within the site entrance area.
  • You will be asked to show your ID (the address must be clearly visible and also the photo if photographic ID is being shown).
  • Staff will check your address and postcode to establish that you are a West Sussex resident.
  • If your ID is valid you will be directed into the site to dispose of your waste. 
  • Failure to bring appropriate identification from the specified list will result in you being unable to use the site.

All sites have CCTV and if you are refused entry and leave waste outside the site, you will be liable to prosecution. See information on fly tipping at the bottom of the page.

If you have a holiday home or caravan, you will be able to use the HWRS and/or mobile site if you can provide evidence that you pay Council Tax to WSCC.

Managing the potential environmental impact

The proposal will mean that some non-West Sussex residents will need to travel further to a site in their own area. It is hoped that this may be mitigated by means such as:

  • making fewer trips
  • home composting
  • further use of kerbside collection services (recycling, garden waste collections and so on)
  • charity donations or selling items.

Van, pickup and trailer waste permits

If you have a van, pickup and trailer waste permit, photographic ID will continue to be required under the terms and conditions of the permit scheme. This will not change.

Fly tipping

Fly tipping is a criminal offence, punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months' imprisonment if convicted in a magistrates' court. The offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to five years' imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court.

You can report incidents of fly tipping to the district or borough council in which the fly tipping has occurred.

Last updated:
15 April 2021
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