Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and the Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “Easter weekend is traditionally when many of us do jobs around the house and garden, or have a good clear out and spring clean, and make trips to the local HWRC. However, Easter 2020 will be unlike any other, and there are many things we will have to adjust to this year, as we all rightly prioritise staying safe and protecting the NHS by staying at home and avoiding non-essential journeys. Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are currently closed in line with Government guidance on staying home to reduce the spread of coronavirus. I would therefore urge Hampshire residents to think carefully before generating extra household waste material and particularly how it can be stored at home for the time being.
“This could be the moment we start to think differently about the habits we’ve been meaning to change – and put into practice small adjustments to our lifestyles to reduce rather than create waste in the first place.
“I understand that, while many people will be doing their best to reduce their household waste, many have concerns about fly-tipping at this time. However, I want to be clear that fly-tipping is a crime at all times. People who leave waste by the gates of HWRCs or anywhere else are guilty of fly-tipping and could face an unlimited fine and a criminal record. No excuses.”
For those clearing the garden over the Easter bank holiday, there are many actions to take to reduce waste:
- Leaving grass cuttings on the lawn will benefit the soil and waiting longer between cuts is also great for wildlife
- Most garden waste can be composted at home and turned into free soil conditioner
- A variety of food waste can also be added to a home composter, including fruit and vegetable peelings and coffee grounds
For ideas on repairing or upcycling furniture and household textiles, and to help reduce pressure on household bin collection services at this time by reducing food waste go to: https://www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/smartliving
To report fly-tipping, visit: https://www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/flytipping/report-fly-tipping
Fly-tippers face up to 5 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. Householders whose waste ends up fly-tipped and who cannot show reasonable steps were taken to prevent it face an unlimited fine.