New household waste recycling centre for South Bristol could open 2020

South Bristol residents could get their long-awaited household waste recycling centre in Hartcliffe Way by 2020 – if plans are passed by Bristol City Council’s cabinet next week.

Cabinet will be presented with a progress report on 4 December which outlines the next steps for the project.

The council has confirmed it is committed to the delivery of a third household waste recycling centre (HWRC) to offer an expanded facility in the south of the city.

The current plan would see the new centre built on the Highways Depot at Hartcliffe Way.

As part of the 2017 budget,  £4 million was allocated for the project  – which will be totally council-funded.

The centre would also include a reuse facility, where good quality items can be saved and upcycled or find a new home.

Cabinet Member with responsibility for waste management, Cllr Kye Dudd, said: “We made a commitment to make Bristol measurably cleaner by 2020, as part of our Clean Streets Campaign, and this means more reuse, repairing and recycling so that less waste is produced and disposed of in landfill.

“I am really pleased that we are taking a big step towards getting this much needed recycling centre built. We are working very closely with Bristol Waste to make sure we are able to provide the best possible facility for the people of South Bristol…

“We have ambitious plans to increase our recycling rates in the city to 55% by 2020 and this facility will help us to achieve that goal.”

The site would be operated by Bristol Waste Company which is currently developing a project plan with the council.

Managing Director of Bristol Waste, Tony Lawless, said: “We are excited to work with the council on this much needed third HWRC. The expanded facilities will provide south Bristol residents with access to essential recycling services; reduce the strain on the existing centres and increase our potential to improve the already high levels of domestic waste recycling.

“…The centre would allow residents to bring good-quality, pre-loved items to be upcycled, or simply find a new home, rather than ending up in the waste stream – saving the city money, and helping the planet.”

Detailed plans will now be going before Cabinet for a final decision. It is then hoped construction of the new recycling centre would start in the second half of 2019 – with the facility opening in 2020.