Having a big spring clear out? Remember to book your recycling centre slot

Ahead of the Easter weekend – usually a busy time for many people carrying out DIY and clearing clutter – Hampshire County Council is reminding residents to make sure they book their visit at the Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC)

Mar 26 2021

The HWRC booking system offers more than 50,000 booking slots each week and, from 1 April, sites will be open for longer: 9am – 6pm every day during the summer months.

A wide range of household items can be taken to one of Hampshire’s 24 HWRCs for recycling or disposal and information about what can and cannot be deposited can be found online on the HWRC webpages   

Alternatively, for some items such as furniture, residents could instead consider storing the items until the HWRC reuse areas are open again, or look to use sites such as Gumtree, Freegle and Facebay to ensure that any items which can be, are reused rather than disposed of.  Please see the Smart Living website for more information on furniture reuse.

Kerbside collections, provided by residents’ local councils, are also the place to recycle all dry recyclables such as paper, plastic bottles and cans. 

To make a booking

Bookings can be made online at hants.gov.uk Telephone bookings, for those without internet access can be made by calling 0300 555 1389.

Bookings can be made in advance up to one week before the intended visit. For this, residents will need to provide their name, car registration and, for online bookings, an email address. Bookings are currently limited to one slot per household per week (while social distancing guidelines remain in place).


Anyone who is unable to make their booking for whatever reason is asked to please use the link in the confirmation e-mail to cancel it, so it may be made available to another resident. Bookings can also be amended, in this way, to another time if needed.

Further advice

Residents are asked to ensure they have a confirmed booking before they travel to an HWRC, as anyone turning up without a confirmed booking will not be allowed entry to the site. Visitors to the HWRCs should also be aware that:

- There is no need to bring confirmation of the booking to the site, the site will have information on confirmed bookings

- Site staff will check registration plates upon arrival – people will need to arrive in the vehicle specified in the booking

- Trailers are not permitted at four HWRCs due to space restrictions caused by social distancing – Alresford, Bordon, Hayling Island and Netley

- As per government guidelines, residents in the specified vulnerable category (those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, people over 70 and pregnant women) are advised not to visit a site

- New parking arrangements are in place with site staff guiding vehicles, from a safe distance, into spaces

- As far as possible, only one person per household should visit the HWRC and exit the vehicle

- Owing to social distancing measures, site staff will be unable to provide any assistance with unloading material or carrying material. Residents are asked to bring only the amount of waste they can comfortably carry and empty into the containers where possible

- Everyone must keep at least a two-metre distance from others at all times.

- Most household waste materials will be accepted, except for chargeable trade waste. Please note that chemically treated railway sleepers (e.g. from garden structures) are no longer accepted

- Residents can also contact their borough, city or district council to arrange a collection of large items, although there may be a charge 

- Reuse sales areas will remain closed until at least 12 April, in line with Government guidelines on non-essential retail

- To reduce time onsite, residents are encouraged to separate their waste in advance, as far as possible, so materials can be placed directly into the correct bins. Care should be taken to ensure that there are no hidden dangers within the item, such as batteries or other hazardous items which could cause a fire risk.