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Reminder to Hampshire residents to register for e-permits for free entry to tips

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Reminder to Hampshire residents to register for e-permits for free entry to tips

Published at 10:34am 7th July 2020. (Updated at 10:36am 7th July 2020)

People in Hampshire have until the end of the month to ensure they do not have to start paying when taking rubbish to their local recyling centre.

A new e-permit system starts on the 1st of August - its original April date was postponed after waste centres shut due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Locals need to register for the permits in advance so that they can continue to use the 24 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in the county free of charge.

So far, over 345,000 vehicles have registered for the system which will be controlled by Automatic Number Plate Recognition.

Non-residents (excluding Dorset Council residents) will be charged £5 per visit.

Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said it was a fair and practical system: 

"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."

"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.

"We need to look carefully at all our costs and see where we can make savings - the financial pressures faced by local authorities were already considerable due to growing demand for council services and reduced funding from Government, and we now need to meet the challenges of unplanned costs and lost income due to the pandemic. 

"I believe this is a fair and practical way to help with that."

Find out how to register here.