Two local authorities in the south-east of England have agreed to allow some residents to use a household waste recycling centre (HWRC) operated by the neighbouring council.
Hampshire residents who live more than 10 miles from one of the council’s HWRCs will be issued a permit to use a closer facility run by West Berkshire Council.
The permits will allow residents access to the Newtown Road HWRC, operated by Veolia, for a 12-month period.
Hampshire County Council executive member for environment Rob Humby said: “I’m pleased we’ve come to an agreement on a transitional arrangement for those residents living furthest away from a Hampshire site, and grateful to our colleagues at West Berkshire for working with us on this.
“Colleagues at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council have helped us to identify people living furthest from a Hampshire HWRC, and we will be sending special Hampshire permits to these households to use from 20 December.”
Hampshire, along with partner councils in Southampton and Portsmouth, introduced charges for DIY waste at recycling centres on 1 October.
It also planned to cut opening hours at its 24 HWRCs by two hours a day and to shut every site on Thursdays from the new year to save money.
But on 7 October, MRW exclusively reported that the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) was insisting that non-trade DIY waste had to be disposed of without a charge.
And on 3 November, Humby agreed to delay the changes to the opening hours until October 2017, due to uncertainty caused by the DCLG’s comments.