Hampshire County Council agree £70m deal with Veolia

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Household recycling centres across Hampshire will be accepting commercial waste from April

Energy management service provider Veolia has signed a 14-year £70m contract with Hampshire County Council and will now manage the 26 recycling centres across the county.

The deal comes as Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council team up to create the Project Integra partnership which aims “to provide an integrated approach to the collection, treatment and disposal of municipal waste”, according to the Project Integra website.

The 26 household recycling centres located throughout Hampshire were previously operated by Hopkins. The recycling sites have never accepted commercial waste from local businesses, which had until now to take their waste to commercial waste centres.

This has been blamed on the increase in fly-tipping offences that are being perpetrated throughout Hampshire. According to Portsmouth.co.uk, tradesmen from the area are fly-tipping their commercial waste in order to avoid the charges at commercial waste centres.

From April this year, the 26 household recycling centres will now accept trade waste from businesses. However, a fee will still apply. Residents taking non-household waste (including DIY waste) will also be required to pay a fee.

This has left Hampshire residents questioning if the development will make any difference to the number of fly-tipping incidents committed in the area.

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