Council secures prosecution after family fly-tipping affair

The council has successfully prosecuted a father and daughter who fly-tipped furniture, food waste, toys and school library books at Walworth Enterprise Centre.

Both, of Andover, have been made to pay £2,300 after the unlawful deposit of waste at the back of a unit in the Enterprise Centre in Duke Close, Andover, on June 4 this year.

The waste included wooden furniture, a bed frame, headboard and a plastic set of drawers. Six black sacks were also dumped, which included school library books, children’s toys and food waste.

Garden Waste Collection Service – early bird period ends soon

Residents have until Monday, 13 April to benefit from the early bird discount on the Council’s Garden Waste Collection Service. Residents who purchase the subscription online before 13 April will pay £25.50 and those who purchase by phone will pay £27.

The scheme opened on Monday, 16 March and has received more than 6,500 subscriptions for 2015/16 so far.

Household Waste Recycling Centre contract

While the provision of Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) falls to Hampshire County Council (HCC), the impact of any changes could affect all residents in Hampshire. Following a review carried out by HCC, a range of ideas are being considered for the future. The full report is available here.

There are no proposals to close any of the sites in Hampshire, however, measures being considered include charges for DIY waste, enhanced trade waste controls and a review of opening hours.

Collection of unwanted sandbags in Test Valley

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Paper recycling

TRADE 1100 GREEN bin

The existing Local Recycling Centre paper bank collection contract is coming to an end on 31 May, and due to increasing costs it will not be renewed. From 1 June all of the green paper banks will be removed with only the most used being replaced with 1,100 litre brown recycling bins. These will collect paper as well as all the other materials collected in kerbside brown bins i.e. card, plastic bottles, cans and tins. The new bins will be emptied by our refuse collection crews on recycling weeks.

Council to undertake change to bin collections

Bins

Test Valley Borough Council is set to undertake an initial change to its waste collection rounds week commencing Monday 15 April, to streamline the service and avoid additional costs.

The first of two phases of change will involve moving all residents to single stream waste collection. This means that from 15 April, the Council will collect all black bins across the borough one week and all brown bins the following week. The day that residents’ bins are collected will remain the same.

Since the alternate waste collection system was introduced in 2006, the local authority has collected half the borough’s black and brown bins one week and the remaining black and brown bins the following week. However, to ensure the Council can continue to accommodate existing properties and known new developments, it has been forced to review its current rounds to maximise efficiency from existing resources. The alternative would involve introducing an additional round at a cost of approximately £140,000.

Those affected by the first phase of change – approximately half of the households in the borough – will have received a letter and revised collection calendar in the post.

The move to single stream collections will enable the Council to undertake the second phase of change in autumn 2013, which will involve a review of collection days.

Environment Portfolio Holder, Councillor Peter Boulton, said: “Residents affected by the first phase of change are those due to put out their brown bin for collection week commencing 15 April. If this is the case for your household, please remember to put out your black bin for collection week beginning 15 April instead. This will bring your collections in line with the rest of the borough.

“To ensure we could cater for the new housing developments in Test Valley, the Council was faced with a tough decision. However, by undertaking these changes we will avoid costly additional expenditure and can accommodate existing properties and planned new developments for the next four to five years.

“This first phase of changes will enable us to undertake a fundamental review of waste collection days across the borough later in the year. This will mean that the day we collect some residents’ waste may alter.

“We will help support residents throughout this change and thank them for their cooperation in advance.”

For more information about the project, please visit http://www.testvalley.gov.uk/bincollectionchanges or call the Council’s customer services team on 01264 368000 or 01794 527700. Residents can also check their collection dates using the bin look-up on the home page of the Council website.

The changes will not affect garden waste collections.

King’s Somborne will Sparkle

Sparkle Day

Love Where You Live – Test Valley Borough Council’s litter campaign launched on 14 February 2011. The campaign aims to encourage everyone to help improve where they live and work in Test Valley. Residents have supported the campaign by becoming Community Litter Pickers and by arranging Community Clean Ups. Many environmental issues have been reported too by phone, text and email. Please see http://www.testvalley.gov.uk/love for more information.

As part of Love Where You Live, we have introduced ‘Sparkle Days’. We aim to hold at least 10 Sparkle Days across the Test Valley during the year. The purpose of this initiative is to add that extra bit of sparkle to an area.

A Sparkle Day will take place in Kings Somborne on Monday 25 February 2013. During the day many activities will be taking place, for instance roads and paths will be swept, signs will be cleaned and shrubs tidied etc. We will also be helping residents with any questions they may have on dealing with their waste and recycling.

Love Where You Live