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Recycling centres reopening

Bristol’s Reuse and Recycling centres will reopen to the public from Monday 18 May – but residents are being asked to go only “if absolutely necessary.”

Sites across the UK were closed after Government announced lockdown for safety reasons – but the Bristol area has seen an increase in fly tipping as a result.

New safety measures have been put in place at the St Philips and Avonmouth and sites, including two metre markers on the floor of the public areas – so everyone can follow guidelines around social distancing.

To avoid an initial surge in visits following the temporary closure – the council is asking people to only go if absolutely necessary and store the items at home until a later date.

To help residents plan their visit and reduce waiting times, new measures include:

  • An odd and even number plate system, which means people will only be able to visit on certain days. (See below).
  • Only cars and small vans will be allowed to use the site, and all must have proof they are Bristol residents.
  • People will be able to check a live stream of the queues before they leave home on the Bristol Waste website.

The council says sites may have to close again at short notice if too many people arrive at once, or if guidance on managing Covid-19 changes. Residents may also be turned away if queues become too long.

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees said: “While we are pleased to be able to reopen these sites, we want to make it clear that they will not be operating a normal service, and we would ask people to only visit if it is absolutely necessary.

“We need to remember that we are still in the middle of a global crisis, and we need to do all we can to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“I would like to thank everyone for their patience during this difficult time. If you do need to visit a recycling centre, please be patient with staff as they work hard to keep you safe.”

Garden and bulky waste collections from residential homes are operating as usual across the city, as are regular black wheelie bin and recycling collections.

Residents are being urged to use weekly recycling collections for items such as card, plastics, cans, glass and paper – and not bring them to the recycling centres.

They can also place items such as wearable textiles, old electrical and electronic items, batteries etc at the kerbside in an untied bag. 

People are also being asked to sort their rubbish before arriving at the centre – to help minimise queuing time.

Number plate system – how it works

If the last number of your vehicle number plate is 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 this is an even number plate.

If the last number of your vehicle number plate is 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 this is an odd number plate.

You can only visit on these days:
Mon 18 May – Even
Tues 19 May – Odd
Wed 20 May – Even
Thurs 21 May – Odd
Fri 22 May – Even
Sat 23 May – Odd
Sun 24 May – Even
Mon 25 May (Bank Holiday) – Odd
Tue 26 May – Even
Wed 27 May – Odd
Thurs 28 May – Even
Fri 29 May – Odd
Sat 30 May – Even
Sun 31 May – Odd

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