Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “Christmas usually means more waste – whether it's packaging, or disposing of old items which have been replaced by new versions. With the largest network of HWRCs in the country, open seven days a week except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, Hampshire’s residents are able to take their household waste, free of charge, to their local site any time between 9am and 4pm.
“I’m pleased to say that over 60 per cent of the waste residents bring to these sites is recycled. At home, people can use their own recycling bins for recyclable materials, including biscuit and sweet tins, delivery and toy boxes, cards and envelopes.”
Christmas recycling tips:
• Break down larger cardboard boxes for your recycling bin, or take them to the HWRC
• Remember that most wrapping paper can’t be recycled because it contains other materials such as plastic or foil
• Please make sure all paper that goes into the recycling bin is clean, so used paper plates can’t be recycled
• Please give cans and tins a quick rinse before putting them in the recycling
• Remember empty plastic bottles and aerosols from the bathroom as well as the kitchen are also very welcome in the recycling bin
• Check out the Smart Living website for handy hints on how to reduce your waste and save your family money.
To check which items are accepted at HWRCs, please go to: www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/recyclingcentres/householdwaste
There is a charge for non household waste items which are expensive to dispose of, including bricks and rubble, plasterboard and cement-bonded asbestos.
Small businesses are now able to use Hampshire’s HWRCs on a commercial basis. More information for businesses is available at: www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/commercialwaste/hwrctradewaste
For local waste collections, please check with the local district or borough council to see if there are any changes in bin collection days over the festive period.