Proof of residency at Household Waste and Recycling Sites

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

From 1 December 2019 residents are now 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 and are not a West Sussex council taxpayer.

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 environment 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 some residents making fewer trips and/or selecting alternative and more sustainable routes for managing their waste such as home composting and use of kerbside collection services.

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:
4 September 2020
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