Booking system trial at six West Sussex rubbish tips goes live

A booking system trial at six rubbish tips across West Sussex has gone live.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 11:25 am

West Sussex County Council is bringing in the ‘book to recycle’ scheme at Bognor Regis, Crawley, Horsham, Littlehampton, Shoreham and Worthing.

Anyone using these sites from Monday March 29 will need to pre-book their slots in advance either online or by telephone.

Slots can now be booked up to 14 days in advance but must be booked by the day before you plan to visit.

A booking system trial is being introduced at six of the county's rubbish tips

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 the council’s website or by calling 01243 642106.

You will need to provide your vehicle registration number and postcode.

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 arrangements already running in neighbouring counties.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, 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.”

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 HWRSs are now operating their summer opening hours. Find out when your local site is open at www.westsussex.gov.uk/hwrs.