Household Waste signHousehold Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) have seen an enormous demand with considerable traffic queuing and waiting times since they re-opened.
The nearest to Whitchurch is in Andover.

Booking system from mid-June
From mid-June Hampshire County Council will be establishing a pre-booking system for residents in a move to manage demand and reduce queuing traffic.

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader at Hampshire County Council, said:

“We have recently extended opening hours, which has helped, but with very high demand and long queues persisting at a number of sites, we now need to consider other options, including limiting visits with a pre-booking system.”

With new measures in place at HWRCs for safe social distancing, the number of vehicles now able to access each site at any one time is much less than before the Coronavirus outbreak.

Traffic has impacted local people
Residents have been urged to make use of kerbside collections provided by district and borough councils and only visit an HWRC at this time if they cannot safely store waste at home, but traffic queues have continued to be significant at a number of HWRCs across the county.  This traffic has impacted on local people trying to get to work as well as having a detrimental impact on the ability for businesses nearby to get back up and running and deliver essential services.

Councillor Humby continued:

“However, the level of demand we are currently seeing cannot be accommodated with social distancing and safe working requirements without long delays, and therefore we will need to bring in more significant changes.”

Booking ahead
Similar booking systems have been introduced elsewhere in the country, not just for HWRCs but recreational activities such as gardens and parks. The system will allow for between 25 – 30,000 visits per week and people will be able to book several days’ ahead. The new pre-booking system will be operating at all Hampshire HWRCs from mid-June.

Full details on how to book will follow.

Councillor Humby said:

“I’d ask people once again to take notice of highway signs, be considerate of others and not block roads or junctions when queuing.”

Further information is available at: www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling