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Free skips scheme starting up in Gosport

GOSPORT’S free community skips scheme gets under way this weekend.

It will bring skips to local neighbourhoods so residents can dispose of bulky household rubbish free of charge.

It starts on Saturday [8 October] at Elson Rec, and will run on a trial basis for six months.

The council has teamed up with TJ Waste & Recycling to run the scheme. At each location, three skips will be available from 10am on a Saturday. If these fill up, a fourth one will be added. Sessions will run until 2pm, but may end earlier if all skips fill up.

Skips will be located as follows:

  •     8 October               Elson Recreation Ground Car Park
  •    15 October              Whites Place Car Park
  •    22 October              Alver Valley West Car Park
  •    29 October              Bridgemary Park Car Park
  •    5 November            Turner Avenue Garage Car Park
  •   12 November           Privett Park Car Park
  •   19 November           St Helier Road Car Park
  •   26 November           Tukes Avenue Garage Area
  •   3 December             George Street Car Park
  •   10 December           Alver Valley East Car Park
  •   17 December           Walpole Park Lower Car Park
  •    7 January                Beach Road Car Park, Lee-on-the-Solent
  •    14 January              Pebbles Car Park
  •    21 January              Fort Road Car Park

For reminders of the timetable, follow Gosport Borough Council – Streetscene on Facebook.

The Leader of the Council, Cllr Peter Chegwyn, said: “This is part of our push for a cleaner, greener Gosport. As well as being convenient for residents, this scheme could help to greatly reduce fly-tipping around the borough, by allowing residents to dispose of bulky items and other waste completely free of charge.”

These items will be accepted:

  • wood
  • cement, rubble, tiles and bricks
  • electrical cabling
  • metal
  • glass
  • items from kitchen and bathroom refits, including sinks, baths etc
  • flooring and carpets
  • garden items including toys, equipment and furniture
  • items from garage and loft clearances including tools, furniture, buggies, and camping equipment
  • garden waste including branches, turf, soil and paving slabs

These items will not be accepted:

  • plasterboard
  • asbestos
  • creosote, oil, petrol, diesel or lead-based paints
  • liquid waste
  • fluorescent tubes
  • pressurised containers
  • batteries
  • car engines or tyres
  • fridges or freezers
  • TV or computer screens
  • Japanese knotweed
  • clinical waste

Find more information on disposing of waste. Some household items can be repaired or donated, instead of being thrown out. Find out about re-use and repair sites or see more ideas.