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Using our household waste recycling sites – site rules and policies


Charges for hardcore, soil, plasterboard, bonded asbestos and tyres

Residents have to pay to dispose of hardcore, soil, plasterboard, bonded asbestos and tyres at the household waste recycling sites. There is no charge to dispose of other types of waste at our sites. Card payment only options are available on site (cash is not accepted).

Hardcore, soil, plasterboard, bonded asbestos and tyres are not classed as household waste and are expensive for the council to dispose of. The council does not have to accept this non-household waste for free. Around half of councils now charge for these items. Applying charges allows us to continue accepting these waste types at the recycling sites. The charges cover the cost of waste disposal and operating the scheme, they are not to make profit.

Hardcore

  • £4 per bag. Card payment only.
  • Maximum bag size 55cm x 85cm (ie a standard rubble type sack)
  • Bags part filled will be rounded up to each full bag for charging purposes. For example, two half-filled bags will be charged as one bag. A resident arriving with just one part filled bag will be charged the minimum charge of £4
  • For loose loads, an equivalent number of bags will be estimated by site staff
  • Charged £4 per item for formed concrete and ceramic bathroom ware e.g. toilets and sinks
  • Includes (but is not limited to) stonework, sand, gravel, rock, clay, bricks, concrete blocks, paving slabs, tarmac, tiles and ceramic bathroom fittings
  • Accepted at all sites.

Soil

  • £4 per bag. Card payment only.
  • Maximum bag size 55cm x 85cm (ie a standard rubble type sack)
  • Bags part filled will be rounded up to each full bag for charging purposes. For example, two half-filled bags will be charged as one bag. A resident arriving with just one part filled bag will be charged the minimum charge of £4
  • For loose loads, an equivalent number of bags will be estimated by site staff
  • Accepted at all sites.

Plasterboard

  • £4 per bag or sheet. Card payment only.
  • Maximum bag size 55cm x 85cm (ie a standard rubble type sack)
  • Maximum sheet size 1800mm x 900mm
  • Bags part filled will be rounded up to each full bag for charging purposes. For example, two half-filled bags will be charged as one bag. Similarly, part sheets will be rounded up to each full sheet. A resident arriving with just one part filled bag or one part sheet will be charged the minimum charge of £4
  • Includes plasterboard and plaster
  • Accepted at Crowborough, Eastbourne, Hastings and Newhaven sites only.

Bonded Asbestos

  • £6 per bag or sheet. Card payment only.
  • Maximum bag size 55cm x 85cm (ie a standard rubble type sack)
  • Bags part filled will be rounded up to each full bag for charging purposes. For example, two half-filled bags will be charged as one bag. Similarly, part sheets will be rounded up to each full sheet. A resident arriving with just one part filled bag or one part sheet will be charged the minimum charge of £6
  • Only cement bonded asbestos is accepted. Asbestos tanks are not accepted.
  • Limited to 6 bags or 4 sheets per calendar month, per household
  • Accepted at Eastbourne, Hastings, Heathfield and Newhaven sites only
  • Bonded asbestos brought to these sites must be double bagged and sealed, or wrapped in plastic and sealed. Staff will take a record of the resident’s name, address and vehicle registration so that the amounts brought to the sites can be monitored to help prevent abuse of the policy and ensure Council Tax payers money is not used to dispose of any trade waste.

Tyres

  • £2 per tyre (or part tyre). Card payment only.
  • Limited to 4 tyres per calendar month, per household
  • Motorised vehicle tyres are charged for (not bicycle tyres) 
  • Accepted at Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Maresfield and Newhaven sites only.

The above waste types should not be mixed together.

Site staff’s decision is final.

Any one who does not pay the charges on site will be invoiced the disposal plus administration costs via Sussex Police's Operation Crackdown vehicle tracing scheme. 

If you have large quantities of these types of waste, you can consider alternatives such as hiring a skip, buying a Hippo bag, or using a waste disposal company. Our sites are not designed to accept large quantities of these types of waste.

There will be no charges for residents to dispose of household wastes such as green garden waste, electricals, furniture, crockery, clay flowerpots, recycling and general waste.

The waste must be from your own home. Waste from traders/businesses is not accepted at any of our household waste recycling sites.

The waste can only be accepted at our sites if the work has been carried out/removed by the householder themselves.

Where residents use a contractor to do works at their property the contractor must arrange for the disposal of the waste either by arranging a skip hire or taking it to a licensed commercial waste facility (not a household waste recycling site). In the case of asbestos, contact the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association for details of contractors who can remove and dispose of all types of asbestos.

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