Charges come into force for some waste at recycling sites on October 1

New charges come into force at recycling sites, including Maresfield, across East Sussex at the beginning of October.

They include:

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£4 per bag – maximum size 55cm x 85cm – or per item for formed concrete and ceramic bathroom-ware, eg toilets and sinks.

The soil and hardcore includes stonework, sand, gravel, rock, clay, bricks, concrete blocks, paving slabs, tarmac, tiles and ceramic bathroom fittings.


(Can only be accepted at Eastbourne, Newhaven, Hastings and Heathfield sites)

£4 per bag – maximum size 55cm x 85 cm – or sheet, maximum sheet size 240cm x 120cm.


(Can only be accepted at Eastbourne, Newhaven, Hastings, Lewes and Maresfield sites)

£2 per tyre, limited to four tyres per calendar month per household

• Part bags, part sheets and part tyres will be charged as whole.

The council says if you have large quantities of these types of waste, alternatives could be considered such as hiring a skip, buying a Hippo bag, or using a waste disposal company. Its sites are not designed to accept large quantities of these types of waste.

Other types of waste

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

Two sites to close

The charges come into force on the same day that two East Sussex recycling sites, Forest Row, and Wadhurst, close, and opening hours at two other sites, at Lewes and Mountfield, are cut.

The council says in a press release that the changes have been introduced in a drive to reduce the waste budget by £720,000, part of the £17 million savings it needs to make this financial year, due to cuts in Government funding.

Cllr Nick Bennett, county council lead member for transport and environment said: “We want to do everything possible to make sure residents are aware of the changes coming into force next month.

“Closing waste sites is not something we want to do, and we do appreciate residents’ concerns about this, but the financial pressures we’re facing mean we have no choice but to make tough decisions.

Reasonable accessible

“We believe our remaining ten sites will still offer a reasonably accessible service, and over 98 per cent of East Sussex residents will still be within 20 minutes drive of their nearest tip.”

The council says it does not expect fly-tipping to increase in the county as a result of the changes but it will closely monitor the situation.

It advises people to check in advance the people who are to remove rubbish for them. If it ends up being fly-tipped, you could be held responsible and fined.

The council says: “You should ask anyone you pay to take away your rubbish for a receipt as well as their ‘waste carrier number’ to make sure they are licensed to transport waste.

Full details of locations and opening hours for all sites and charges coming into force for non-household waste can be found online at

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