PLANS to charge some people for using Hampshire tips are going to be implemented next month.
From 1st August non-Hampshire residents wanting to use the county’s household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) will be charged £5, writes Maria Zaccaro of the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
As reported in the A&T, the scheme was expected to be launched in April but rubbish tips across the county were shut due to the pandemic.
Now the county council has confirmed that the new measure – which requires Hampshire residents to register to avoid paying the fee – will be in place from next month. The system will be controlled by automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology.
In signing off the scheme, cabinet member for economy, transport and environment, Cllr Rob Humby, said it would start with a “soft launch” for three months so that residents “get used to it” and give everyone a chance to register.
Charges will not apply for Dorset Council residents, following an agreement between Dorset Council and Hampshire County Council.
The recycling centre in Millbrook, Southampton, will be excluded from the charging scheme.
Cllr Humby said: “Dealing with household waste is costly, which is why a number of our neighbouring authorities have already banned residents from outside their areas using their HWRCs.
“This is not our intention in Hampshire. Instead, a charge of £5 per visit for non-Hampshire residents will be introduced from August to offset the £500,000 annual cost of dealing with waste from non-Hampshire residents visiting our sites.”
The council said more than 345,000 households have already registered for the system.
Cllr Humby added: “We’re introducing this system because I want to find a way that provides effective and environmentally practicable options for residents who live close to Hampshire’s borders, to continue to access our HWRCs, but in a way that is fairer to Hampshire residents who pay for the cost of the service through their council tax.”