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New recycling centre for South Bristol a step closer

Main picture: Gwen Frost, Head of Innovation and Sustainability for Bristol Waste Company (Left) with David Purcell from SLR Consulting (right) showing visitors the site for the new centre.

A new Household Reuse and Recycling Centre (HRRC) in Hartcliffe Way is a step closer – with plans to be submitted to Bristol City Council this month (October).

It has been long-anticipated – with South Bristol residents currently having to cross the city to Days Road in St Philips to drop off their recycling.

The proposed development, on the site of the Street Cleansing Depot, will provide a recycling centre at the back of the site – as well as a facility near the entrance to rescue reusable furniture, electricals and household items which can be visited independently.

This will include a workshop to test and repair reusable items and a shop for their resale. It could provide low cost household products for local people including televisions and vacuum cleaners.

Local groups and residents were invited to view the revised plans at three site visits this week.

The proposals have been amended as a result of comments from consultations this summer.

The site plan for the new Household Reuse and Recycling Centre.

The Street Cleansing Depot will now be moved to nearby Hawkfield Business Park – which means the whole site can be devoted to the new centre and there will be no need to extend.

This will ensure traffic will be able to flow more easily and three more bays can be provided – in what will be Bristol’s largest recycling centre.

Gwen Frost, Head of Innovation and Sustainability for Bristol Waste Company led the public visits, with David Purcell from SLR Consulting, which has drawn up the plans.

Minimising queues to the site

She said they had been “working closely with Bristol City Council’s Highways Department to minimise queues into the site.”

Users will turn right off Hartcliffe Way to enter HRRC via a new middle lane – and access will be improved by building two new bridges over Pigeonhouse Stream.

The existing bridge to the site can used by pedestrians and cyclists who will be able to enter the reuse centre – as will cars – without going through the whole recycling area.

Vehicles will leave the site via a left hand turn and a new set of traffic lights will be added to Hartcliffe Way to allow traffic to enter and exit efficiently.

Ms Frost said the site would be able to take around 70 cars and there would be over 30 parking spaces.

Vehicles would be able to drive up onto a platform to deposit items into large containers from above and smaller containers at platform level.

There would be three access lanes – so traffic could always flow through and “duplicate bays for recycling spread over the site” – to avoid queues.

She said: “…We are also hoping to have a canopy to protect staff and materials… so things are put in the right place, even when it is lashing down.”


Residents have been waiting for this facility since 2012 – with Bristol City Council putting £2 million aside for the scheme – which was also included in the 2015 European Green Capital bid.

An online petition started in 2018 asking for a recycling centre in South Bristol said it would “help solve many of the issues of fly tipping and the state of the local environment” as well as being more accessible to local people.

If plans are approved work is due to start next year and should take six to eight months to complete. The centre would be fully operational by 2021.

For more information, to request copies of the plans or provide feedback email or check for updates. Comments need to be submitted by midnight on Tuesday 15 October.