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Warning to avoid tips in Hampshire if you have not pre-booked

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Warning to avoid tips in Hampshire if you have not pre-booked

Published at 8:47am 11th June 2020.

From Monday (15 June), Hampshire residents in our area will have to have booked a time slot to visit their local tip.

It affects all household waste recycling centres in the county - in our area, they are in Aldershot, Alton, Bordon, Farnborough and Hartley Wintney.

The council says it is to cut back on traffic congestion due to social distancing, since centres reopened on 11 May.

Only residents who have made a booking will be able to access the sites.

The system has gone live - click here to make a booking.

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: 

"The new Covid-safe working requirements inevitably mean capacity at all of our HWRCs is reduced. 

"Although we have the largest HWRC network in the country, we haven't seen a decline in the numbers of people visiting the HWRCs in the weeks since they reopened.

"Unfortunately, despite road markings and signs that we had put in place to help manage the traffic, the level of queuing at many sites is so significant that it is causing issues with local residents, local businesses and, in some cases, risking the safety of others on the roads.

"Once the booking system is in place, we will be able to manage the number of vehicles coming to HWRCs at all times, so should see an end to this unacceptable level of traffic queuing. 

"We'll also have confidence that waste vehicles will be able to enter HWRCs to service the bins without getting stuck in traffic which means we can keep the sites open for longer each day."

People will be able to book a 30-minute slot up to 48 hours in advance.

One slot will be available per household, per week - the council says it is anticipating there will be over 30,000 slots each week.

For those using the online service, you will have to provide an email address, as well as your name and car registration.

Arrangements are being made for a telephone booking line for residents who do not have access to the internet. 

Also from Monday all Hampshire's recyling centres will revert to their normal summer opening hours of 9am until 6pm, seven days a week.