Release date: 18 March 2021
People wishing to visit certain Recycling Centres can avoid queues and long waiting times by booking a slot online as part of the ‘Book To Recycle’ trial scheme.
From Monday 29 March anyone visiting Bognor Regis, Crawley, Horsham, Littlehampton, Shoreham-By-Sea or Worthing Recycling Centres will need to pre-book their slot in advance, either online or by telephone.
The trial scheme has been introduced due to an increased demand in recent weeks, which has led to Sussex Police closing sites temporarily and is similar to schemes successfully running in neighbouring counties.
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, Deborah Urquhart, said: “We know that the spring and summer months bring an increased demand, but this year many residents will have been delaying their visits to our sites because of the lockdown restrictions, and capacity on sites has been reduced because of the on-going need to protect people with social distancing measures.
“Over the coming months as lockdown restrictions are hopefully eased, we expect the demand at sites to continue to be high as people start to visit shops or make journeys which they have been putting off.
“This scheme will allow the demand at our sites to be spread out safely over the course of the week rather than large queues forming at peak times as we have seen previously.
“Not only will residents be able to safely dispose of their recycling and waste without enduring long waiting times, but the scheme will also reduce disruption to local residents, businesses and the highway network.”
Slots can be booked up to 14 days in advance but must be booked by the day before you plan to visit.
You will be able to make one trip in a week (Monday-Sunday) per household and are asked to continue using a site local to you rather than travelling further afield.
You can book your slot now or find out more information about the ‘Book to Recycle’ trial by visiting www.westsussex.gov.uk/BookToRecycle or by calling 01243 642106.
You will need to provide your vehicle registration number and postcode.
Please note you will still need to be prepared to show ID, to prove you live in West Sussex, and a permit if you have a trailer or commercial style vehicle.
All Recycling Centres are now operating their summer opening hours. Find out when your local site is open at www.westsussex.gov.uk/hwrs.