Public urged to have their say on the future of 24 Hampshire recycling centres

Daily Echo: HWRC Efford, Pennington, near Lymington where all kinds of rubbish arrive. HWRC Efford, Pennington, near Lymington where all kinds of rubbish arrive.

Some of Hampshire’s household waste recycling centres could be closed under a major shake-up.

Amid the backdrop of continuing county council service cuts, the authority is looking at different ways to deal with rubbish.

The council runs 24 centres across the county and civic chiefs are now asking the public to have their say on the future of the service.

Residents can take materials including green garden waste, clothes and textiles, furniture, cardboard, glass and electrical equipment to them to be disposed of.

The consultation on the review of the service will run until August 22.

Comments are being sought on reviewing the numbers, location and opening times of the centres, as well as whether they suit the needs of residents using them.

The council may also introduce new measures to reduce the amount of trade waste wrongly dumped at the sites, while some waste and recyclable materials may be accepted from small businesses for free.

The authority may also look to recover the costs of disposing of bulky and hazardous waste such as soil, rubble and plasterboard.

Some items, such as furniture, may be re-used through work with charities and community groups.

Council economy, transport and environment chief Seán Woodward said: “Services across the council have to find savings, and this is no exception. We have an excellent record for diverting waste from landfill in Hampshire, and we want to keep it that way.

“We’ve looked carefully at how residents are using HWRCs, the frequency of use and the type of waste disposed.

“We have some options that would either save money or generate income to offset costs, to ensure the service is sustainable in the long-term. What we need to do now, is find out from Hampshire’s residents what they think of these options, and hear what’s most important to people."

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