Household recycling centres re-open across Hampshire today

Household recycling centres re-open across Hampshire today

Published by Mike Draper at 5:45am 11th May 2020. (Updated at 6:37am 11th May 2020)

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We can start getting rid of any extra rubbish we can't keep at home, as Hampshire County Council re-opens all 24 Household Waste Recycling Centres.

They were temporarily closed at the end of March when the Government brought in rules on non-essential journeys to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

And, although the centres are re-opening, the Council does want to make it absolutely clear that this is only for those not able to store the waste safely at home during the outbreak. 

Deputy Leader, Councillor Rob Humby, said: 

"Now we have clarity from the Government, we will be opening the HWRCs for those households where it is not possible to keep their waste at home during this time without causing a health risk."

NEW MEASURES

Although the sites are now re-opening, there will be new rules for people to follow:

  • There are temporary revised daily opening hours of 10am to 4pm.
  • Use of sites is only for essential disposal of waste whereby storing such waste causes a risk of injury or to health
  • Restricted numbers of vehicles will be permitted to access the site at any one time and site staff will enforce this at the site entrance.
  • There will be staff at the entrance to each site, wearing a body camera, to manage the flow of vehicles. Security staff will be deployed at all sites and there will be a zero-tolerance approach to any form of abuse.
  • As far as possible, only one person per household should visit the HWRC.
  • Trailers are not permitted.
  • Sites will accept all waste material streams, except for chargeable waste - soil, rubble, asbestos and plasterboard. Please check the website before your visit to check if any specific material is not able to be accepted temporarily.
  • Reuse sales areas will remain closed.

And, they're also advising, as per government guidelines, that those in vulnerable categories do not visit the sites.

Councillor Rob Humby said: 

"Visiting an HWRC will be very different than it was before the Coronavirus outbreak - as all sites will be operating with safe social distancing measures in place. 

This means that less people and vehicles will be allowed on site at any one time, similar to what residents are now used to at supermarkets, which will inevitably cause delays in entering and potential traffic queues.  So, I would ask people to please be patient and considerate of others who live nearby and take the time to reconsider whether their journey is essential."

Household Recycling Centre - Churchfields Salisbury - rubbish tip dump - waste (Mike Draper)   (4)
Salisbury Household Recycling Centre still remains closed

WHAT ABOUT WILTSHIRE?

At the moment Household Recycling centres across Wiltshire remain temporarily closed. 

The Council has told Spire FM that they are making plans to re-open them for essential journeys and for waste that cannot be stored at home or disposed of safely, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

As with Hampshire, the Council is expecting to make changes to the way sites operate when they do start up again.

Councillor Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Waste, said:

"When we do reopen the centres, there will be a number of restrictions in place to protect our staff and customers, including limiting the number of people and cars that can be on any site at one time, and we are also considering additional measures to help manage traffic near to the sites. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or who has been asked by the government to stay at home for shielding purposes will not be able to visit a household recycling centre.

We recognise that the closure of household recycling centres may be frustrating for some of our residents, but the safety of our staff and visitors to the sites is paramount, and we need to implement a significant number of safety measures before the sites can safely reopen."

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