COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS 04/11/2020: Please read

Our Recycling Centres will remain open through the lockdown starting on Thursday 5 November for essential journeys. Our current rules around access and the number plate system will remain in place.

We anticipate the recycling centres will continue to be busy. Restrictions are in place to aid social distancing and allow us to process as many people as possible, but please only visit if you have to.

Our Reuse Shop in Avonmouth will be reopening on Thursday 3 December at 10am. Donations will be accepted from Thursday, please place donations inside the Reuse shipping container on the lower level of the recycling centre.

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Big Results from Bristol’s Big Tidy

Big Results from Bristol's Big Tidy

In October 2019 Bristol’s Big Tidy was launched by Mayor Marvin Rees as part of the successful Clean Streets campaign.

Tasked with bringing the sparkle back to areas that needed it the most, a team of street cleansers, graffiti removal experts, enforcement officers and community engagement officers from Bristol City Council and Bristol Waste was created to deliver an additional 13,000 hours of street cleansing and 4,000 hours of community engagement.

To celebrate the first 12 months of the project, Bristol artist Naomi Skinner created a wonderfully illustrated infographic highlighting some of the Big Tidy results so far, including:

  • Over 700 streets deep-cleaned in 17 areas across the city
  • 471 tonnes of litter, fly-tip and detritus collected
  • More than 3,000 graffiti tags removed
  • 250 enforcement investigations into fly-tipping
  • 600 legal warnings and fixed penalty notices issued
  • 22 community events and 61 litter picks

The targeted approach means that once the Big Tidy finishes work in an area, the new standard can be maintained by the regular programme of street cleansing work carried out by Bristol Waste.

Dan Kelly, Deputy Operations Director at Bristol Waste, said: “It’s been absolutely fantastic to see the improvement in areas of Bristol that might have previously missed out on the kind of intensive focus the Big Tidy has been able to deliver.

“All of the street cleansing team work tirelessly to maintain the cleanliness across the 800 miles of roads in Bristol, but the Big Tidy team allows dedicated resources to focus on an area, addressing issues like overgrown paths and graffiti hotspots which can then be more easily be maintained.”

Find out more about Bristol’s Big Tidy.


The data for this infographic relates to the first 12 months of the Big Tidy project and does not include data from the wider street cleansing, enforcement or community engagement work carried out by Bristol Council and Bristol Waste.

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