As I'm sure you all know, a serious fire broke out inside the Transfer Station located at Westhampnett on Tuesday 2nd April. Although the fire was fully extinguished on Tuesday 9th April and the site handed back to Viridor, which operates the waste transfer station for West Sussex County Council, on 10th April a full inspection and investigation will now take place. This is essential before the site can be fully reopened to the public - to ensure it is safe for both the site staff and members of the public, as well as ensuring compliance with all legislation and permits to allow the site to open.
Although the cause of the fire has not been identified, Viridor has said it suspects that a likely cause is lithium ion batteries. These batteries are the main cause of waste site fires and are commonly found in a variety of products, including mobile phones, toys, cameras, eCigarettes and laptop computers.
The site will be closed until Thursday 18th April but it will then only be accepting green waste until further notice. All attempts will be made to offer further services as soon as safely possible.
Please see our website http://www.recycleforwestsussex.org/recycling-sites/ for further details, updates and the availability of other sites.