Hampshire County Council is carrying out a 12 week public consultation on its household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) to inform how the service will be run from April 2015.
The County Council needs to make significant savings by 2015, equivalent to a 12% cut in its total budget. The County Council has identified some different and innovative ways of running the HWRC service to make sure it can continue to deliver its priorities while meeting budget saving targets and maintaining the quality of core services.
The proposed service changes being consulted on are:
Closing one or more sites that do not represent good value for money, where there are nearby alternatives within easy access, alongside the existing programme of site redevelopment and accounting for planned housing growth. Introducing tighter trade waste controls such as height barriers or dedicated onsite enforcement officers, to reduce the amount of trade waste wrongfully disposed of at sites.Accepting waste and recyclable material from small businesses for a fee.Looking to recover the cost of disposing of DIY waste such as soil, rubble, plasterboard and asbestos through charging. These wastes are not classified as household waste and are expensive to dispose of. Reviewing site opening times to negotiate lower management costs, while maintaining the service at busier times. Working with charities or communities to increase reuse of furniture and other items, to further reduce the amount of waste sent for disposal.
The consultation will be open from 2 June to 22 August 2014. Responses can be made online at: www.hants.gov.uk/recycling.
Paper copies of the consultation are available from local district and borough council offices and Hampshire libraries, or call Hantsdirect on: 0845 603 5634 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain one.