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Free skips scheme starts

Gosport's free community skips scheme is under way. The Gosport Borough Council scheme will bring skips to local neighbourhoods so residents can dispose of bulky household rubbish free of charge. The scheme started on Saturday [8 October] at Elson Rec, and will run on a trial basis for six months. The council has teamed up with TJ Waste & Recycling to run the scheme. At each location, three skips will be available from 10am on a Saturday. If these fill up, a fourth one will be added. Sessions will run until 2pm, but may end earlier if all skips fill up. Skips will be located as follows:

  • 8 October Elson Recreation Ground Car Park

  • 15 October Whites Place Car Park

  • 22 October Alver Valley West Car Park

  • 29 October Bridgemary Park Car Park

  • 5 November Turner Avenue Garage Car Park

  • 12 November Privett Park Car Park

  • 19 November St Helier Road Car Park

  • 26 November Tukes Avenue Garage Area

  • 3 December George Street Car Park

  • 10 December Alver Valley East Car Park

  • 17 December Walpole Park Lower Car Park

  • 7 January Beach Road Car Park, Lee-on-the-Solent

  • 14 January Pebbles Car Park

  • 21 January Fort Road Car Park

For reminders of the timetable, residents can follow Gosport Borough Council - Streetscene on Facebook. The Leader of the Council, Cllr Peter Chegwyn, said: "This is part of our push for a cleaner, greener Gosport. As well as being convenient for residents, this scheme could help to greatly reduce fly-tipping around the borough, by allowing residents to dispose of bulky items and other waste completely free of charge." These items will be accepted:

  • wood

  • cement, rubble, tiles and bricks

  • electrical cabling

  • metal

  • glass

  • items from kitchen and bathroom refits, including sinks, baths etc

  • flooring and carpets

  • garden items including toys, equipment and furniture

  • items from garage and loft clearances including tools, furniture, buggies, and camping equipment

  • garden waste including branches, turf, soil and paving slabs

These items will not be accepted:

  • plasterboard

  • asbestos

  • creosote, oil, petrol, diesel or lead-based paints

  • liquid waste

  • fluorescent tubes

  • pressurised containers

  • batteries

  • car engines or tyres

  • fridges or freezers

  • TV or computer screens

  • Japanese knotweed

  • clinical waste

For more information on disposing of waste, go to www.gosport.gov.uk/waste Some household items can be repaired or donated, instead of being thrown out. Search 'reuse and repair sites' at www.hants.gov.uk or see www.gosport.gov.uk/donatebulkywaste


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