All Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) across West Sussex are now closed until further notice due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.
The sites are run by Viridor who has made the decision with West Sussex County Council to close the sites to reinforce the need for social distancing, protecting staff and highway safety, as a number of sites have been experiencing long queues.
Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “With the Government’s advice for people to carry out social distancing last week, a lot of residents have taken to doing some home improvements or getting out in the garden to have a clear out.
“Unfortunately, with an increased number of visitors Viridor has advised us they would be unable to guarantee that residents will be able to socially distance themselves from one another and this means that the safety of residents and staff are put at risk. This is something we do not want to do and so we have made the decision to close all sites until further notice.
“We will be looking at measures that can be taken to enable us to re-open the sites safely, but for the time being we have no choice but to close them entirely.”