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Coronavirus: Date announced for when Hampshire's tips could re-open

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Coronavirus: Date announced for when Hampshire's tips could re-open

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Maria Zaccaro at 6:44pm 30th April 2020. (Updated at 8:54am 1st May 2020)

People in Hampshire will be able to take their waste to tips again from this month.

Hampshire County Council has confirmed that it is working on preparations to re-open Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCS) in the week beginning 11 May.

It follows news yesterday that they would be re-opened after concerns about increased fly-tipping.

The council said the date is subject to further guidance expected from the government next week on travel to recycling centres during the coronavirus outbreak.

But it warned that a number of safety measures will be in place.

Rubbish tips across the county were shut in March in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Councillor Rob Humby, executive member for economy, transport and environment said that safety measures being put in place will mean that “things will be very different”.

Cllor Humby added:

“We have been working on plans to reopen our sites for people to use where it is essential they do so because they cannot store their waste without causing a risk of injury, health or harm.”

“I would ask people to be patient.

“Rather like supermarkets, social distancing measures will apply, limiting the number of people allowed in at any one time and operating reduced opening hours so the sites can be thoroughly cleaned each day.

“I can also confirm that in view of the current circumstances we will not be enforcing the number plate recognition provisions during this period but allow more time for Hampshire residents to register their car registrations.”

The news comes as earlier this year residents were asked to register their number plate as non-Hampshire residents who would want to use the county’s recycling centres are going to be charged £5.

Earlier this week county bosses were urged to reopen waste facilities to avoid fly tipping.

On Tuesday night Robert Jenrick, secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, asked councils to “safely plan” the opening of recycling centres in line with social distancing guidelines.