As Hampshire enters into a period of national restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the County Council has confirmed that all Hampshire household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) will remain open for those who need to use them.
Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment said: “The booking system at the HWRCs is working well, and social distancing measures are in place. The sites will continue to accept as many of the usual household waste materials as they can while the onward market accepts them. However, I would ask that people consider if they really do need to make a trip to the tip at this time and, if they can, to either use their kerbside waste collections or store their waste safely at home until restrictions are lifted.”
Residents wishing to visit an HWRC will need to make a booking in advance and are asked to check the website ahead of their visit in case a site needs to close at short notice due to staffing levels being affected by COVID-19.
Booking slots are available seven days in advance at each of Hampshire’s 24 HWRCs, and can be made online at www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/recyclingcentres/book-appointment or, for those without internet access, by phone on 02380 179 949, between Monday and Friday 9am to 5:30pm.
Essential highways maintenance will continue, including emergency pothole repairs, winter gritting, drainage cleansing and flood prevention work.
All highways maintenance work on Hampshire’s roads is carried out in line with the Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operation Procedures, which is based on Public Health England guidance.
Councillor Humby continued: “The Government has said that construction is not expected to close operations down, and we are committed to continuing with essential road maintenance as far as our staff resources and materials supply chain allows. I would like to reassure Hampshire residents that all our operations are carried out in a COVID-safe way, with social distancing measures in place at all times.”
For hints, tips and advice on how to reduce waste at home, go to: www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/smartliving
To check opening times of local HWRCs, go to: https://www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling
For a full list of changes to County Council services during national restrictions, go to: https://www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/coronavirus#impacted-services