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South Bristol Reuse and Recycling Centre opens

Pictures: Bristol Waste

The new Resuse and Recycling Centre on Hartcliffe Way opened its doors today (21 June) and received its first visitors to the site.

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees, local actor Joe Simms and residents from the area were the first people to use the facility – all bringing items to be reused or recycled. 

Bristol actor Joe Simms brings an item for recycling.

The centre, which backs on to the Western Slopes, was built to bring additional recycling capacity to the city to meet growing demand – and help reduce congestion at the existing sites.

It includes a covered unloading area and one-way traffic system to help people safely sort their household waste into dedicated bins – as well as both bike and pedestrian access to the site and complementary bike trailer loans.

The centre is also home to one of the largest Reuse Shops and workshops in the region; selling and repairing good quality, pre-loved items that might otherwise have gone to waste.

Profits from the sale of reusable items are reinvested in waste reduction schemes, as well as supporting local charities. Popular items for sale include televisions, paint, furniture and other electrical items. 

Inside the new Reuse shop.

Mayor Marvin Rees said: “This is a fantastic moment for the city. The opening of the brand-new household recycling centre on Hartcliffe Way is going to make recycling easier and more convenient for people living in the area, which we hope will encourage residents to recycle more. A local site will also minimize the amount people in the south of Bristol will have to travel which will also have huge benefits for the environment. 

“Part of our commitment to making Bristol cleaner and greener is further reducing the amount of waste that is sent to landfill, and this centre will help us to achieve this goal by supporting people to recycle, repair and reuse – giving pre-loved items a second life.”

Managing Director of Bristol Waste Company, Tony Lawless, said: “Delivering a project of this scale, and of such importance to the sustainability of our city has been incredibly rewarding and challenging. 

“The pandemic made us value our precious resources more. It highlighted the need to waste less and recycle more in our own homes and beyond. This new site will provide a solid infrastructure for the south of our city to lead the way to a more sustainable future.

“The recycling centre will help save valuable resources, offer low-cost household items to local residents and help us reach our ambitious recycling targets.”

Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet member for Waste, Energy, Climate & Ecology and Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees (front) with staff at the Centre and back row (left) Managing Director Tony Lawless, Filwood Councillor Zoe Goodman and actor Joe Simms.

Residents have been concerned about the environmental impact of the new centre on the wildlife on the Slopes behind.

A specially commissioned, large-scale bug hotel in the shape of a recycling logo has been installed on the site. Made by local scenic sculptor Johnny Mann, the sculpture is to signify “the site’s commitment to the environment”.

And the first visitors were all invited to throw wildflower seed bombs to help the muddy banks become wildflower meadows, supporting local insect populations.

Another worry during the consultation from local people living near the site was the extra traffic that would be generated by the centre and the fear of cars queuing on the road outside.

Bristol Waste Company has introduced a new booking system to reduce the need to queue – with residents able to book up to two weeks in advance, or as little as one hour before their visit.

To book online visit www.bristol.gov.uk/bookrecycling. Those without access to the internet can call 0117 922 2100, Mon – Fri between 8.30am and 6pm (closed 12 – 13.30pm Weds). Visitors arriving by foot or bike do not need to book.

The new Household Reuse and Recycling Centre is based at 83 Hartcliffe Way, BS3 5RN and will be open seven days a week, 8am – 6.45pm (summer hours).  

Bristol Waste is also on the lookout for volunteers to work in the new on-site Reuse shop. Training is available and no prior experience is needed, just a “passion for all things reuse”. To find out more visit www.bristolwastecompany.co.uk/vacancies or email reuse@bristolwastecompany.co.uk