In the New Year residents will have to register their vehicles to use council tip or else pay a £5 charge.
Eastleigh residents who are planning a New Year trip to the waste recycling centre are being advised to register their vehicle online first to avoid a £5 charge.
Hampshire County Council have announced that in 2020 they intend to charge non-registered vehicles using recycling centres in order, they say, to discourage free use by people from outside the county. The Council have created a web form to enable residents to register their vehicles but have not yet revealed when exactly in 2020 the charges will be introduced or how much the ANPR system that will be used to monitor vehicles using the waste facilities will cost Council Tax-Payers.
Residents are able to register up to three vehicles (cars or 4x4s) for unlimited access to any of Hampshire’s 24 household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) free of charge. Residents who take their rubbish waste to recycling centres in vans or pick-up trucks already have to pay £15 for a permit in order to access the HWRC sites the permits are renewable every 12 visits or 12 months (which ever comes soonest).
Since 2015 it has been illegal for councils to charge householders to dispose of household waste but some authorities have been accused of introducing ‘backdoor bin charges’ by introducing admin fees and by classifying certain types of waste generated by households as ‘non-household’ or ‘DIY’ waste. Since 2016 Hampshire has been charging householders for disposing asbestos, plasterboard, soil, rubble including ceramic sanitary ware (basins, pedestals, WCs, baths and shower trays).
Despite these charges and restrictions data recently released shows that incidents of fly tipping in Hampshire are down by 4% but this figure is only for incidents when waste was tipped on public land and does not include tipping on private property.
Earlier this year the chief executive of the Keep Britain Tidy group called on the government to subsidise recycling to ensure people can easily dispose of their rubbish.
“While we know local authorities have difficult choices to make in the face of diminishing resources, we know that if you make it easy for people to do the right thing they are more likely to do so”
said Allison Ogden-Newton, adding:
“Helping people to legally dispose of their rubbish will reduce rather than encourage fly-tipping.
“We want to see the Government use some of the £1billion of landfill tax to subsidise recycling infrastructure.
“This would ensure local authorities don’t have to close or restrict the use of household waste recycling centres which, in turn, will avoid future fly-tipping costs.’