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Temporary traffic lights on Hartcliffe Way as work starts to create new junction for recycling centre

Work to create a new junction for South Bristol’s new Reuse and Recycling Centre on Hartcliffe Way will start on Monday 17 January 2022 – and last for around 16 weeks.

To allow the work to take place – two-way temporary traffic lights will be installed on Hartcliffe Way (A3029) between the Headley Lane and Novers Lane junctions. The lights will be phased north and southbound and operate 24 hours a day.

Bristol City Council says the work to create a new junction for access to the recycling centre is an essential part of the project – which aims to “bring additional capacity to meet the city’s growing demand for recycling.”

The centre, on the site of the former Street Cleansing Depot, will be the largest household recycling centre in the region and the third recycling site in Bristol. It is hoped it will help reduce demand and congestion at the St Philips and Avonmouth sites.

The council says the split-level layout and one-way traffic system will enable residents to “safely sort their items into easily accessible, dedicated bins” and make it “easier and more convenient for everyone to recycle their household waste.”

The new recycling centre will also host the city’s largest Reuse Shop and workshop, selling pre-loved items and saving them from going to waste. The first Reuse Shop in Avonmouth has already diverted more than 50 tonnes from the waste stream since opening in June 2020.

The centre is due to open later in 2022 and will operate seven days a week – only closing three days a year on 25 and 26 December and 1 January. It will be run by Bristol Waste Company, the city’s local recycling, waste collection and street cleansing company.

A spokesperson for Bristol Waste Company said: “We understand that this will cause some disruption, for which we apologise. We ask road users to bear with us while we complete these works to support the delivery of the much-needed new reuse and recycling centre to serve south Bristol’s residents.”

Work began on the site in early 2021 by contractors Encon Construction – following consultations and site visits with residents in 2019. There was some concern about traffic queues and noise – and designs were changed following comments from local people.

Bristol City Council originally put £2 million aside for the scheme in 2012 – and it 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.

Image courtesy of Bristol City Council.