WHEN Easebourne villager David Pack put five bags of garden soil and household rubble into his car and took them to the Midhurst tip, he was perplexed to be turned away.
David, an Easebourne parish councillor, said he was told the recycling centre in Bepton Road no longer accepted soil and rubble and he would have to go to Chichester.
“It doesn’t seem very logical to me and people will tip their soil and rubble in hedges instead of going all that way, which will cost more to sort out,” he said.
A West Sussex County Council (WSCC) spokesman said: “The Midhurst site is small and therefore unfortunately cannot provide containers for the full range of materials.
“There is less of a demand for the soil and hardcore recycling service, and a greater demand for recycling services such as green waste and electrical items.
“For this reason there is no soil and hardcore container and this is why the resident was redirected to Westhampnett where there is a separate container for recycling this material.
“Soil and hardcore falls into the category of construction and demolition waste and therefore there is no obligation on local authorities to accept it free of charge.
“However, WSCC’s policy is to accept small quantities of this material, but unfortunately this is not possible at Midhurst.
“Our aim is to constantly improve the recycling offered to our residents. We do listen to feedback and are always looking at new innovations and potential site changes to offer more recycling streams, where it is practical and financially viable.”