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Last chance to have your say on how Household Waste Recycling Centres are run

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Residents and small businesses in Aldershot, Alton, Basingstoke, Bordon, Fair Oak and Netley are being encouraged to take part in Hampshire County Council's Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) survey.

Responses are welcomed from anyone with an interest in the HWRC service, however with only a week to go before the consultation closes on 22 August, these six sites have the lowest number of responses compared to their visitor numbers.

More than 5,500 surveys have already been completed, telling Hampshire County Council what people would like to see in the future from their local HWRC.

The County Council is looking at different and innovative options for running the HWRC service, partly in response to further reductions in Government funding, but also to see how a modern, value-for-money service can best be achieved for Hampshire.

The HWRC survey can be found online at www.hants.gov.uk/recycling, at local libraries, council offices or by calling 0845 603 5634 and requesting a copy to be posted.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: "Although we have had a really good response to the consultation, I would still like to encourage people who use a HWRC in Aldershot, Alton, Basingstoke, Bordon, Fair Oak and Netley to take part, so we have a good cross section of views before making any decisions."

Comments are invited on six main areas within the consultation:

  • Reviewing the number, location and usage of HWRCs and their suitability to meet the needs of communities now, and in the future.
  • Introducing measures to reduce the amount of trade waste wrongly disposed of at sites, which is expensive for the Council to dispose of
  • Accepting waste and recyclable material from small local businesses for a fee
  • Recovering the costs of the disposal of bulky and hazardous DIY waste such as soil, rubble and plasterboard, which is not classified as household waste and is expensive to dispose of
  • Reviewing opening times to reduce site management costs
  • Working with charities or communities to increase re-use of furniture and other items, to further reduce the amount sent to disposal.

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