New permit scheme introduced at Household Waste Recycling Sites

A free permit scheme is being launched at all Household Waste Recycling Sites across West Sussex from 1 October 2018.


Release date: 20 July 2018

From 1 October 2018 West Sussex residents who drive a commercial-type vehicle will need to have a permit to dispose of their household waste at County Council recycling sites.

The free permit will apply to anyone who uses a van, pickup or single axle trailer and will be available to West Sussex residents only.

The scheme is been introduced at all 11 West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) and the two mobile sites.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Our county provides a good network of recycling sites with fewer restrictions and charges than neighbouring authorities.

“The sites are popular and well used which, at times, can cause queues and delay.

“The changes are intended to help speed up visits, avoid illegal commercial waste and encourage residents in other counties with large loads to use sites provided by their own local authority.”

In addition some vehicles will no longer be allowed to use HWRSs. Restricted vehicles include:

  • multi axle trailers (four wheels),
  • horse boxes,
  • tipper trucks,
  • flatbed or dropside trucks,
  • Luton type vans. 

For health and safety reasons all trailers will be banned from Bognor Regis and Littlehampton sites.

Leaflets will be handed out at HWRSs to individuals affected by the changes in August and September before the scheme is fully implemented on 1 October 2018. Residents can start applying for a permit from 1 August 2018.

If you are arranging for a tradesperson (for example builder, landscape gardener, carpet fitter) to carry out work on your property, you have a responsibility for the waste produced as a result of the work. You should check:

  • that the tradesman will dispose of the waste generated,
  • that they have appropriate authorisation to dispose of the waste eg that they are registered to transport the waste,
  • that they will dispose of the waste legally, at a registered waste site.

A tradesperson cannot use household waste sites to dispose of waste from work undertaken as part of their business.

To find out more visit Van, pickup and trailer waste permit.

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