WORK has finished on a £1m household waste recycling centre.
It has been built within Old Park Farm – the West of Waterlooville Major Development – in preparation for the thousands of new homes to built there over the next few years.
It will replace the busy centre off Hambledon Road, close to the retail park which gets very congested, and will make it easier for drivers to access.
The new centre is larger and will be quicker and easier for people to use, with separate levels for householders and servicing vehicles.
It also has significantly more waste container bays and customer parking spaces than the old centre.
It has been funded by cash from developers given to improve local infrastructure and should be up and running in January.
Councillor Mel Kendal is in charge of environment and transport at Hampshire County Council.
He said: ‘The new site will have a lot more capacity and better segregation between the areas used by householders and those where servicing vehicles need to operate and manoeuvre.
‘Householders in the area will be able to recycle more material, more quickly and safely, thereby reducing waste, making a further contribution to Hampshire having the best record in the UK for diverting household waste from landfill – which stands at 90 per cent.’
More than four million people visit the county’s recycling centres each year.
Cllr Kendal added: ‘The former household waste recycling centre was unable to cope with the amount of use by existing householders.
‘It was important that we responded to local need and made provision for an increased local population as more people move into the area, attracted by the new housing developments.’
Full waste containers can be removed and replaced without having to temporarily close the public area – as is the case at the Hambledon Road centre, which should reduce congestion.
The access road can accommodate a queue of up to 27 cars, while there will be car parking spaces for up to 27 cars including two disabled bays.