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The county council is urging householders to cut down their waste overt the holidays
The county council is urging householders to cut down their waste overt the holidays

RESIDENTS are being asked to "take a new approach" to household waste this Easter during the coronavirus outbreak.

With Easter traditionally reserved by many for a good spring clean, Hampshire County Councillor Rob Humby – deputy leader and executive member for economy, transport and the environment – is suggesting this year be different.

“Easter weekend is traditionally when many of us do jobs around the house and garden, or have a good clear-out and spring clean, and make trips to the local household waste recycling centre," he said.

"However, Easter 2020 will be unlike any other, and there are many things we will have to adjust to this year, as we all rightly prioritise staying safe and protecting the NHS by staying at home and avoiding non-essential journeys.

"HWRCs are currently closed in line with government guidance on staying home to reduce the spread of coronavirus. I would therefore urge Hampshire residents to think carefully before generating extra household waste material and particularly how it can be stored at home for the time being.

Cllr Humby added: “This could be the moment we start to think differently about the habits we’ve been meaning to change – and put into practice small adjustments to our lifestyles to reduce rather than create waste in the first place.

“I understand that, while many people will be doing their best to reduce their household waste, many have concerns about fly-tipping at this time. However, I want to be clear that fly-tipping is a crime at all times. People who leave waste by the gates of HWRCs or anywhere else are guilty of fly tipping and could face an unlimited fine and a criminal record. No excuses.”

The council has suggested these actions for reducing waste:

  • Leaving grass cuttings on the lawn will benefit the soil and waiting longer between cuts is also great for wildlife
  • Most garden waste can be composted at home and turned into free soil conditioner
  • A variety of food waste can also be added to a home composter, including fruit and vegetable peelings and coffee grounds

For ideas on repairing or upcycling furniture and household textiles, and to help reduce pressure on household bin collection services by reducing food waste go to: www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/smartliving

To report fly-tipping, visit: www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/flytipping/report-fly-tipping

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