West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) will open an hour earlier than expected in the winter months, following a review of demand for services.
In line with normal practice, all HWRSs will change to winter opening hours from 1 October 2017. However, instead of opening from 10am-5pm during winter months, sites will now instead open at 9am and close at 4pm from October 1 until 31 March 2018.
Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “When we made changes to opening times last year it was following a consultation with local people. That consultation told us most people wanted later opening times in the evening rather than first thing in the morning. In some areas this doesn’t seem to have been the case.
“We are here to support the people who live in the county. Where they tell us something isn’t working we will always look at how we might be able to improve things.”
The decision was taken following a review carried out by a cross party member group. The Task and Finish Group (TFG) was formed to review changes to opening hours which were introduced in October 2016.
Deborah said: “Encouraging and enabling people to recycle more of their waste is extremely important. We want to make this as easy as possible for residents.
“At the same time we are always looking at how we can improve our services and make the best use of the money we receive from people paying their council tax. This is in the context of more demand for all of our services coupled with less money from central government. We have to get the balance right between meeting the needs of residents and saving them money.”
Further proposals, including summer opening hours (1 April-30 September) and the policy on charging for DIY waste, will continue to be reviewed with a decision expected in the autumn.
Further information on Household Waste Recycling Sites can be found at www.recycleforwestsussex.org