Drive to boost recycling and reuse rates at Household Waste Recycling Centres

Hampshire residents are being reminded to take extra care to separate their waste ahead of a visit to a Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) to reuse and recycle more, and to reduce the amount of material that goes to costly disposal methods such as landfill

Jun 30 2023

Hampshire County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Universal Services, Councillor Nick Adams-King, said: “Lowering the volume of waste that gets sent to landfill or incineration means that we can keep costs down and be kinder to our environment. On average around half of the waste left at Household Waste Recycling Centres is reused or recycled, but the figure does fluctuate across different sites, and we know that some material is still being sent for disposal unnecessarily, often as part of a bag full of mixed items that are deposited in a container with waste that won’t be recycled. Collectively, by taking a few moments more to sort our waste material, we could save up to £200,000 of taxpayers’ money every year. Being as efficient as we can is more important than ever a time when operating costs are rising steeply, and following the Government’s announcement that HWRCs will be unable in the future, to cover some of these costs through DIY waste disposal charges.   
“We’re asking residents to help us by separating their waste into what can and cannot be recycled as much as possible before taking a trip to a HWRC so that it can be deposited in the correct container quickly and correctly. From July, customers who bring waste in bin bags may be asked to relook at the contents to ensure that as much as possible is diverted for reuse or recycling. Our knowledgeable teams will be on hand to answer any questions and offer advice. A wide range of waste can be recycled at our HWRC’s, so it’s worth a check before you visit. In addition, there are fantastic re-sale sections at all sites where reusable items can be left. It’s a great place to hand in things you no longer need, and to pick up a bargain.”
Most HWRCs in Hampshire will be able to recycle the following materials:
Garden and green waste
Electrical equipment and appliances
Batteries, printer cartridges, and light bulbs 
Clothing and textiles
Paints, chemicals, engine oil and gas bottles

Check the County Council’s website to find out what is accepted at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.
Residents need to book an appointment to visit a Household Waste Recycling Centre via the County Council’s website.