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Residents must book ahead to use Hampshire's household waste recycling centres
Residents must book ahead to use Hampshire's household waste recycling centres

NEW Forest tips will stay open during the third lockdown, the county council has confirmed.

Hampshire’s recycling centres closed at the start of the pandemic’s first lockdown early last year but reopened in May with a new booking system after a spate of local flytipping.

They stayed open during the second lockdown in November, and Hampshire County Council today (Wednesday) confirmed they would remain so during the current restrictions.

HCC environment boss Cllr Rob Humby, said that while tips were open, residents should use kerbside collections where possible.

“The booking system at the HWRCs is working well, and social distancing measures are in place. The sites will continue to accept as many of the usual household waste materials as they can while the onward market accepts them.

“However, I would ask that people consider if they really do need to make a trip to the tip at this time and, if they can, to either use their kerbside waste collections or store their waste safely at home until restrictions are lifted.”

Those wanting to visit Hampshire recycling centres must book but also check the HCC website in case sites have closed temporarily due to Covid-affected staffing levels.

Booking slots are available seven days in advance and can be made online at www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/recyclingcentres/book-appointment or by phone on 023 8017 9949, Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm.

The council added that essential highways maintenance would also continue, including emergency pothole repairs, winter gritting, drain cleaning and flood prevention.

Cllr Humby continued: “We are committed to continuing with essential road maintenance as far as our staff resources and materials supply chain allows. I would like to reassure Hampshire residents that all our operations are carried out in a Covid-safe way, with social distancing measures in place at all times.”

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