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Recycling sites boosted to help clear flood debris

Hampshire County Council is making the most of it's HWRC's after the recent flooding

Hampshire County Council has upped its recycling offer to help residents struggling in severe storms.

The authority has arranged for additional capacity at its 24 household waste recycling centres to help residents dispose of waste arising from the storms and flooding. Staff are steeling themselves for an increase in garden waste and bulky wooden items, including fence panels and posts.

Councillor Seán Woodward, member for economy, transport and environment at Hampshire County Council, said:"Our aim is to help Hampshire's communities get back on their feet as soon as possible after the storms and flooding. Repairing the damage to the highway network and ensuring businesses are aware of potential support available following Government announcements this week, are some the priority areas we will be tackling. 

"Meanwhile, we understand that people need to get on with their day-to-day lives, and we want to help them do this as quickly and easily as possible. Putting more capacity into the HWRCs will mean residents can get in and out easily during busy times.”

He urged people to help by separating recyclable materials into the appropriate bins and to use the larger HWRC sites where possible.

Elsewhere in the UK, ad-hoc waste collection arrangements have had to be made in light of the severe weather. Localised downpours had an impact on the waste that has been collected. Clem Spencer, managing director of Wood Yew Waste in Devon, told that the moisture content of the wood they had collected was significantly higher than usual. 

“It is quite unbelievable that some lorries could be carrying as much as three tonnes of water content in their loads,” he said.

By Lucy

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