More than 4,000 responses have been received in the first six weeks of a consultation on what people would like in future from their local Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). Hampshire County Council wants even more small businesses and residents to have their say.
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 is 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.
Completed forms need to be returned to the County Council no later than Friday 22 August.
Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said:
“So far we have had over 4,000 responses to the HWRC survey but we are still encouraging more people to take part. In particular we would like more small businesses to have their say so we can gauge their interest in the possibility of using the HWRC service.”
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.
Cllr Woodward explains:
“Services across the Council have to find savings, and the HWRCs are 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.”