Instead of “Out with the old and in with the new”, tomorrow our brand-new Reuse and Recycling Centre on Hartcliffe Way will be taking in old items for reuse and recycling.
It has been a commitment of my administration to deliver this important facility, and I am really pleased to deliver this promise. The relocation of the street cleansing services that the depot previously hosted on the site is also something we will be sharing more information about very soon.
The centre brings much needed additional recycling capacity to Bristol, helping to meet growing demand and providing residents with a modern, accessible, facility in the south of our city.
This will help reduce congestion at our existing two sites too, meaning everyone can clear up their DIY projects, clear out old household items, or remove other waste in a more efficient way.
The new site has a covered unloading area and one-way traffic system so residents can safely sort their items into easily accessible, dedicated bins. Hartcliffe Way also accepts visitors arriving by foot and bicycle, who do not need to book.
The booking system we have at all sites for residents arriving by vehicle is designed to eliminate queues at all recycling centres and replaces the odd and even number plate system, enabling access for all residents, every day.
I am excited that the centre is also home to one of the largest reuse shops and workshops in the region which we be selling and repairing good quality, pre-loved items that might otherwise have gone to waste. Redirecting reusable items from disposal, saves valuable resources, reduces costs and helps Bristol reach our ambitious recycling targets. Popular items for sale include televisions, paint, furniture and other electricals.
A specially commissioned, large-scale bug hotel in the shape of a recycling logo has been installed on the site, helping to encourage native wildlife and flowers to repopulate the banks surrounding the centre. The muddy banks will become wildflower meadows, supporting local insect populations.
The new site will be open seven days a week, 8am – 6:45pm (summer hours). Booking a visit to the site is quick, simple and removes the need to queue. Residents can book up to two weeks in advance, or as little as one hour before their visit. To book online simply visit www.bristol.gov.uk/bookrecycling. Those without access to the internet can call 0117 922 2100, Mon – Fri between 08:30 – 18:00 (closed 12:00 – 13:30 on Weds).