When we asked residents for their views on potential changes to save money, people were very clear that their priority was to maintain all the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) across Hampshire, and not to close any sites.
In order to do this, a number of changes will be brought in over the coming months.
From 1 October, charges for DIY type waste – soil and rubble, plasterboard and cement-bonded asbestos - will be introduced at HWRCs in Hampshire, similar to many other areas in the UK where charges for this type of waste are already in place. ‘DIY’ waste, which is usually created from construction or alterations to homes and gardens, is not classed as household waste and is particularly expensive to dispose of, costing Hampshire taxpayers around £1million each year.
Charges will apply to:
- Soil and rubble at £2.50 per part or whole of a 30 litre bag
- Plasterboard at £10 per sheet or £6 per 30 litre bag
- Cement-bonded asbestos at £12 per sheet and will be accepted at Andover, Basingstoke, Efford, Netley and Portsmouth HWRCs
Cash and card payment options will be available.
Soil and rubble includes construction and demolition materials such as stone, rubble, clay, concrete, bricks, blocks, sand, tiles, paving slabs, and ceramic bathroom suites.
There will be no charge for crockery, or clay and terracotta flower pots. The limit of six bags of soil and rubble per household per month will be lifted, and there will be no charges for normal household waste, green garden waste or recyclable materials such as scrap metal or glass.
Also, from 1 October, small and medium sized businesses will be able to use Hampshire’s HWRCs for the first time on a chargeable basis, and dispose of the same materials that the sites currently accept from residents.
If you are having a clear out, take a look at some of the ideas from our Smart Living campaign on how to find a good use for pre-loved furniture.
More information on the charges being brought in from 1 October
Other options for the disposal of DIY waste