By Kelly Wickham
Residents are being reminded that they will need to take ID with them when they visit a West Sussex household waste recycling site from next month.
The new system is designed to save West Sussex taxpayers £250,000 per year by ensuring the sites are used only by those who pay for them.
Householders will need to prove they live within West Sussex by showing a form of ID such as a driver’s licence or council tax bill.
The scheme has been introduced due to the high number of people travelling across county boundaries to recycle and dispose of their waste.
The council says this has a significant impact on waste disposal costs, which ultimately falls on West Sussex taxpayers.
Surveys have shown that an average of one in ten people using sites closest to the county borders live outside of West Sussex.
All sites in West Sussex (except East Grinstead) will be restricted to West Sussex residents from December 1.
The new policy will be enforced through identification checks at entrances to confirm the site visitor pays their council tax to West Sussex.
People will need to show one form of identification, such as:
- Current driving licence (photo card or paper licence)
- TV licence – less than a year old
- Council tax or utility bill – less than a year old
Further details about the changes can be found when visiting HWRSs and online at: westsussex.gov.uk and recycleforwestsussex.org