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Hampshire County Council is replacing Eastleigh's Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) in Woodside Avenue with a new and improved facility which is now being built at Stoneycroft Rise. The new site will open towards the end of the year - promising less queuing, quicker turnaround times, better access for people with disabilities and less road disruption.
Councillor Sean Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: "Household Waste Recycling Centres are among Hampshire County Council's most widely used public services. "The current Eastleigh HWRC is no longer large enough to cope with the level of usage it receives. The new site will be a big improvement with more capacity and better segregation between householders and operational vehicles. When it opens it will help local people to recycle more material and more safely, thereby reducing waste - as well as reducing road congestion."
Eastleigh Borough Council is funding the new HWRC, using revenue from the release of land at the Woodside Avenue site for approximately 90 new homes, about 35 per cent of which will be affordable homes. The Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, Councillor Rupert Kyrle, said: "Eastleigh residents will very much value the new household waste recycling centre which will help reduce waiting times and highway congestion. I am sure it will encourage people in Eastleigh to recycle more of their waste - which is good for them, good for the town and good for the environment."
The new HWRC, at Stoneycroft Rise off Chestnut Avenue, will feature a split level arrangement that will make it easier for residents to deposit their household waste and recyclables, as bins are set at a lower level meaning users do not have to climb steps. A further benefit of the split level layout is that full waste containers can be removed and replaced without having to temporarily close the public area (as is the case at the current site), as servicing vehicles can reach the containers directly from the lower level. As a result, congestion will be reduced and the HWRC can continue to operate as normal.
The new site will almost triple the amount of parking, providing spaces for up to 22 vehicles, and will have capacity for around 25 cars 'stacking' - moving round the site in dedicated lanes which enable customers to see when a space appropriate for them becomes available. With seven double bin bays and 21 waste containers, an increase of 13, the site will also have greater waste capacity and the opportunity to recycle a wider variety of materials.
Access to local businesses will be maintained throughout the construction of the new HWRC, and as part of the development, improvements are planned to the cycleway and footpath leading to 'Freespace' - a popular nearby open space laid out with a BMX track and skateboard facilities. During the construction, users of the cycleway and footpath will be advised to follow signs and take care near the construction area.
The current HWRC at Woodside Avenue will remain open as usual until the new site is complete, and will be closed and decommissioned when the new site opens.