Chineham recycling site to close
The owners of the shopping centre site have requested the recycling banks, which include clothing and textiles, paper, card, glass and waste electronic and electrical items, are removed.
The borough council’s waste and recycling team has already started work to find a replacement location for the site and is supporting the charities with clothing banks to find alternative arrangements until this is in place.
Cabinet Member for Recycling, Waste and Regulatory Services Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “Unfortunately, we are being forced to close the recycling site at Chineham Shopping Centre from next week (Monday 14 March) after the owners of the site requested that the banks are removed. Like other sites in the borough, it has suffered from repeated incidents of fly-tipping.
“We are disappointed and apologise for the inconvenience this may cause those people who use this site to recycle responsibly. I would like to reassure residents that we are exploring options for a replacement recycling site. In the meantime, we are working with the charities to support relocating their banks while this work takes place.
“Residents can recycle paper, card and glass at home for collection by our recycling crews. There are also additional recycling sites in the borough which can be found on our website www.basingstoke.gov.uk/recycling-sites . Cardboard can also be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Wade Road, run by Hampshire County Council.
“We will provide further updates on our website, email newsletter and social media channels when we have them.”
The borough council previously took the decision to close 26 recycling sites in the borough last year in response to incidents of fly-tipping, vandalism and antisocial behaviour at many of them. The move also supported a drive to reduce carbon emissions from journeys to the banks when items such as cardboard, paper and glass can already be recycled and collected at home.
The Chineham Shopping Centre recycling site had been identified as one of the six council-run sites that would remain in place, alongside other private sites in the borough.
Visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/recycling-sites for updates and information on other recycling sites in the borough.