The new site located on Stoneycroft Rise, just off Chestnut Avenue, will replace the existing site on Woodside Avenue, which will close on Wednesday 7 December at 4pm.
Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Rob Humby, said: “The new HWRC replaces the current facility in Woodside Avenue with a state of the art, bigger, better and more efficient site. It promises less queuing, quicker turnaround times and better access than the current site on Woodside Avenue.
“The new HWRC, features a split level arrangement that makes it easier for residents to deposit their household waste and recyclables, as bins are set at a lower level meaning users don’t have to climb steps. It also means that the site will remain open when the waste containers need emptying, as servicing vehicles can reach the containers directly from the lower level - reducing congestion and ensuring that the HWRC can continue to operate as normal.”
The site has almost triple the amount of car parking compared with the old site at Woodside Avenue - providing spaces for up to 22 vehicles. Also, it has capacity for around 25 cars ‘stacking’ – moving round the site in a dedicated lane that enables customers to better see when a parking space appropriate for them, becomes available. With seven double bin bays and 21 waste containers, an increase of 13, the site also has a greater waste capacity and therefore the opportunity to recycle a wider variety of materials.
The new HWRC has been constructed by Hampshire County Council and funded by Eastleigh Borough Council. The two councils have been working together to not only provide the residents of Eastleigh with a much better HWRC but free up land for much needed housing development. The Woodside Avenue site will be used to build approximately 90 new homes, 35 per cent of which will be affordable homes.
Eastleigh’s Cabinet Lead for Environment and Sustainability, Councillor Rupert Kyrle, said: “This is a fantastic new facility that will improve and increase recycling opportunities for local people. The scheme will also help ease traffic congestion on Woodside Avenue and has released land for much needed new homes in Eastleigh at a sustainable location near to the town centre.”