Out of county customers

Out of county residents are currently permitted to use Hampshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in a standard car or 4x4.  They are not permitted to apply for a commercial-type vehicle permit. 

From 1 April 2020 customers from outside of Hampshire will be charged £5 each time they use a Hampshire HWRC.

Portsmouth and Southampton residents can continue to use all HWRCs in Hampshire, for free, as long as they have registered with Hampshire’s system.

Dorset Council residents do not need to register or take any action. Separate arrangements have been made for Dorset Council residents – more information to follow in Spring 2020.

Why non-Hampshire residents are being charged

Discussions have been ongoing with neighbouring waste disposal authorities to try to establish a consistent approach to cross border usage, but this has not been possible. Some of our neighbouring authorities, who are unfortunately facing similar financial pressures to Hampshire, have taken the difficult decision to prevent non-residents using their Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). The County Council recognises that access to a convenient local HWRC is important to encourage recycling, but we also want to be fair to Hampshire council tax payers, which is why we are looking at non-Hampshire residents contributing to the cost of providing this service. The introduction of a charge will allow non-residents to continue to use Hampshire sites while ensuring that a contribution to cover the cost of disposal is received.

Councils are only required to provide disposal of household waste free of charge for residents within the area. Under the Environmental Protection Act (1990), county councils are permitted to charge non-residents a fee to dispose of their waste in their area. The charge will not apply to Hampshire residents.

A major consultation was held in 2016 which explored HWRC users’ views on a number of options for maintaining the HWRC service in light of the ongoing financial pressures faced by councils. Over 13,000 responses were received. The results of one question asked indicated that there were slightly more users who would be prepared to pay a small access fee, compared with those who wouldn’t, particularly if it ensured that the site remained accessible to them.
Cost and how to pay

It will cost non-Hampshire residents £5 each visit to dispose of waste at a Hampshire HWRC. The charge may be paid by cash or card. A receipt is available on request.

The charge covers the cost of providing the service and the cost of disposal. This will contribute to the amount it costs to dispose of the waste brought to HWRCs by non-Hampshire residents.

Permits for vans and large trailers

Only Hampshire residents (including Portsmouth and Southampton) can apply for a permit to visit the HWRCs in a commercial-type vehicle (e.g. van or pick up) or with a large trailer.

If you live outside of Hampshire and need to visit a HWRC using a commercial-type vehicle, you will need to contact the authority to which you pay your council tax and use a facility within that area.

Using Hampshire HWRCs on behalf of a Hampshire resident

If you don't live in Hampshire, you can continue to bring waste to our HWRCs on behalf of a friend or relative who does live in Hampshire if the vehicle you use is registered to their address.

The ANPR system is a local database which is independent to the DVLA. Checks will be made against the addresses that are used to register with the system rather than the address to which the vehicle is registered.

Newtown Road HWRC

Our current arrangement with West Berkshire allows Hampshire residents to use the Newtown Road Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) near Newbury. This will remain in place until further notice.