Work to provide a bigger and better Household Waste Recycling Centre at Havant is now complete and the new site will open at 8am on Tuesday 17 December.
The existing HWRC will close its gates for the final time at 4pm on Monday 16 December so there will be a continuous service.
The new HWRC has been built on land behind the existing site off 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 has been increased from the current six bins to 14 bins as well as additional upper level storage for other types of waste, such as textiles, glass bottles and electrical equipment.
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 area, as was the case with the old site. Servicing vehicles can reach the waste containers directly from the lower level, both reducing traffic congestion and also ensuring that the HWRC can operate without interruption.
The access road features a double on-site stacking lane that can accommodate up to 46 cars, and there are 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 visits each year. The new HWRC site at Havant is a big improvement with more capacity and better segregation between householders and operational vehicles. Havant HWRC 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 was built by Geoffrey Osborne at a cost of around £943,000, funded from the County Council's capital programme.