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Construction of Havant's new recycling centre to begin

Monday, 03 June 2013

Construction of a new Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) for Havant at Harts Farm Way will begin on 10 June. The current site will remain open to residents until the new site is ready for use.

The new HWRC will be built on land between the existing site and Harts Farm Way and features a split level layout that will make it quicker and easier for local residents to deposit their household waste and recyclables. Site users will not have to climb up steps any longer as the bins are set at the lower level. Capacity will also be increased from the current 6 to 14 bins as well as additional upper level storage for other types of waste, such as old fridges and freezers.

A further benefit of the split level layout is that full waste containers can be removed and replaced without having to temporarily close the public access area, as is the case from time to time at the existing site, so that servicing vehicles can reach the containers directly from the lower level, both reducing traffic congestion and also ensuring that the HWRC can operate without interruption. The access road will feature an on-site stacking lane that can accommodate up to 46 cars, and there will be car parking spaces for up to 19 cars including two disabled bays.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: "Household Waste Recycling Centres are among Hampshire County Council's most widely used public services with more than four million people visiting them each year. Havant's current HWRC is no longer large enough to cope with the level of usage it receives, and consequently during busy periods it can get very congested.

"The new site will be a big improvement with more capacity and better segregation between householders and operational vehicles. When it opens it will help local people to recycle more material, more safely and therefore reduce waste, making a further contribution to Hampshire's table-topping record of diverting over 90 per cent of household waste from landfill."

The new HWRC will be built by Geoffrey Osborne Ltd and is expected to be completed by November 2013. The cost to build the new HWRC is approximately £943,000, funded from the County Council's capital programme.

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