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Tip to re-open


Waste sites across East Sussex, including the one on Farningham Road in Crowborough, will begin reopening from 18th May, following new guidance from Government.

East Sussex’s 10 Household Waste Recycling Sites closed in late March amid the Covid-19 outbreak, to ensure the safety of staff and residents.

Although the County Council was already working with its contractors on plans, the new guidance from central Government means it can now push ahead with the reopening of facilities.

However, with social distancing still necessary, residents are being warned that the service will be restricted and encouraged to only travel to a site if absolutely necessary.


Cllr Claire Dowling, lead member for transport and environment said:

While we are pleased to be able to reopen our household waste recycling sites, the health and safety of everyone working at, and visiting the sites remain our top priority.

We expect demand to be extremely high initially, and I would urge people to only travel to a site if you absolutely have to; to dispose of items that, if kept, could pose a safety risk to people in your household.

To open safely, we are going to have to severely restrict how we use the sites so the service will look very different and residents who need to use our HWRS should expect significant delays which, while frustrating, will be unavoidable.

Social Distancing Measures

Social distancing of two metres will need to be maintained on site, meaning the number of parking bays will be limited and only one person will be allowed to use the access ramps at any one time.

Staff will not be able to assist with unloading. To avoid lengthy visits, only cars will be allowed to access the site, not trailers or over-sized vehicles, until demand drops. To avoid close contact between staff and residents, the re-use shops will remain closed and chargeable waste – plasterboard, bonded asbestos, tyres, hardcore and soil – will not be accepted.

  • A limited number of unloading bays will be in use
  • Only one person at a time will be allowed to use the access ramps
  • Staff will not be able to help you unload
  • Trailers and over-sized vehicles will not be allowed on site to avoid lengthy visits
  • Chargeable waste – plasterboard, asbestos, tyres, hardcore and soil – will not be accepted
  • The re-use shops will remain closed 

Click for more information about social distancing measures.

Cllr Dowling added:

We all want life to return to normal as quickly as possible, but we all have a duty and responsibility to follow the guidelines to protect the most vulnerable and prevent the NHS from becoming overwhelmed.

We feel the arrangements we plan to put in place are the best way to keep both the staff and people using the site safe as the Covid-19 crisis continues.

Allan Key, General Manager for Veolia South Downs said:

We understand that the Household Waste Recycling Sites network is very important to the community.

We want to be able to help residents who cannot keep their waste at home safely, help to ease the pressure on local kerbside collections, and discourage fly tipping.

We have worked very hard with the council to carefully plan the reopening of the sites to ensure they are a safe place to work for our team and public to visit.

We are asking all site users to support our hard-working teams on the front line by following the guidance on the council’s webpage and any information or instructions provided at the sites.

Sites will initially open from 10am to 4pm every day, but weekend opening hours will vary at some sites.

Bulky Waste Collection Service

Wealden District Council have announced that its waste contractor Biffa are able to resume the household bulky waste collection service.

Any items to be removed must be placed in an easily accessible location outside of the house for 7am on the day of collection.  They must also be accessible to the operatives without needing to breach social distancing rules.  The minimum charge for a bulky waste collection is £55.00 for up to 3 items.

For further information and to book a slot see Wealden District Council’s website:

Temporary Opening Hours

Crowborough Waste Site will re-open on Monday 18th May. The opening hours will be as follows:

  • Monday to Friday: 10am to 4pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 9am to 1pm
  • Closed Bank Holiday Monday 25th May

Click here for more details of the Waste Site on Farningham Road in Crowborough.

Arrangements at each Household Waste Recycling Site, and the impact on the road network, will be constantly monitored and changes will be made if necessary.


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  1. Relief for some, no doubt. But there’s a discrepancy: you’re advised only to bring items that might cause danger if left on your premises, but chargeable stuff like asbestos won’t be allowed. Oh well, perhaps children could use it for modelling in their daily lockdown creative activities.
    And who’s going to collect up all that flytipping that’s resulted from the tip closures? Probably as usual the poor landowners and farmers who just happened to have a convenient gateway for these lazy and antisocial so-and-sos to get rid of their rubbish at someone else’s, and the environment’s, expense.

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