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Hazardous waste disposal

Important: please call West Sussex County Council Waste Management Services Unit on 01243 642106 before taking any hazardous household waste for disposal to Household Waste Recycling Sites.

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You can take small quantities of potentially hazardous household products such as those used in cleaning (solvents), gardening (see also pesticides), DIY (thinners, paint), car maintenance (engine oil) and household batteries to the Tip (Household Waste Recycling Site).

Hazardous waste and liquid waste must not be included in your domestic waste but should be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Sites.

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Household asbestos

Small amounts of household asbestos if bonded and wrapped/double bagged can be accepted at the Worthing Household Waste Recycling Site.

For large volumes of asbestos please contact West Sussex County Council who hold a list of approved companies that remove asbestos.

For more details see:

Health risks

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Plasterboard and Gypsum containing waste

From the 1st April 2009 new regulations mean that plasterboard and Gypsum containing waste is now only accepted in amounts of 200kg or less at specific Household Waste Recycling Sites including Shoreham-by-Sea and Worthing.

For more details see Recycle for West Sussex's Plasterboard and Gypsum containing waste information.

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Building waste

Building waste (including hard core, concrete, rubble, etc) cannot be collected by Adur & Worthing Council Service's refuse vehicles.

We advise that a skip be hired from a company offering this service.

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If you wish to dispose of any pesticides please contact us to get the correct disposal advice.

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Left over DIY products

When you have been decorating or doing DIY around the house you may end up with left over products that need disposing of. These may include things such as:

  • creosote
  • paint (gloss and emulsion)
  • paint stripper
  • brush cleaner
  • turps (turpentine) / meths (methylated spirit) / white spirit
  • varnish

None of these should be put in with your normal household recycling or rubbish.

These can all be safely disposed of at your local Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS).

Full details of what they can take can be found on the Recycle for West Sussex website.

However, if you are unable to get to your local HWRS then please contact us for advice as to what to do.

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Rubbish clearance and illegal dumping

Be careful if employing a rubbish clearance, gardening or odd job company. If your waste is found dumped illegally you are still responsible for it.

Always ask to see the Waste Carrier's 'Licence of the Business' - you can:

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