Local residents have been invited to attend a series of exhibitions to mark the start of a public consultation on the future of the Alton Materials Recycling Facility site, off the A31 dual carriageway.

Ahead of submitting a planning application, Veolia UK is bringing forward proposals for the Alton site which may become available for development if it is decided to treat all the county’s recyclables at a single larger hi-tech facility.

Veolia is proposing an Advanced Energy Recovery Facility at Alton using the latest clean technology to treat 330,000tpa of residual waste that can’t be recycled and create enough electricity to power 75,000 homes.  

Compared with landfill the facility would save 65,000 tonnes of carbon emissions (the same as taking 28,000 cars a year off the road). This merchant facility is outside Veolia’s waste management contract with Hampshire County Council and would result in 350 jobs during construction and 40-45 permanent roles. 

Residents are invited to attend four public exhibition events taking place on the following dates:

Monday 2 March             Alton Community Centre                           16.30 - 20.00

Tuesday 3 March            Holybourne Village Hall                               16.30 - 20.00

Wednesday 4 March       Binsted Village Hall, The Wickham Institute   16.30 - 20.00 

Monday 9 March             Froyle Village Hall                                   15.00 - 18.00

Residents can find out more information by visiting the project website at or by calling the community information line on 0333 358 0502. A leaflet providing more information has been issued to residents who are local to the site on Friday 21 February. 

All comments should be received no later than Monday 16 March to ensure that they can be taken into consideration before the final plans are submitted to Hampshire County Council.