Covid service updates 9 April 2021

Our Recycling Centres remain open. If you need to visit one of our sites, the current rules and number plate system will remain in place and queue times may be longer than usual, please check our website for details: Recycling centre updates. 

Our sites open at 8am and shut at 6.45pm – please bear this in mind if you need to visit the sites. Please check the queue camera before visiting.

The Reuse Shop at Avonmouth will reopen on Monday 12 April. It will be open from 10am – 3pm, 7 days a week.

Reuse and Recycling Centre

Image of recycling bays at Avonmouth Reuse and Recycling Centre

Work begins on South Bristol Recycling Centre

We have begun construction work on our brand-new Reuse and Recycling Centre for the south of Bristol.

The new site on Hartcliffe Way, will be the largest household recycling centre in the region. It will provide a much needed facility in the south of Bristol meaning residents no longer need to travel across the city to our existing facilities in St Philips and Avonmouth.

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, said: “It is great to deliver this facility that the residents of south Bristol have been waiting for, for many years. I would like to thank everyone for their patience as we now get on with the task of building this much anticipated centre.

“We are proud to be the leading English Core City for recycling, but we know there is always more that can be done. This new facility will help us to reach our ambitious recycling targets for the city.”

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

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees
reuse shipping container avonmouth recycling centre

The new site will include a Reuse shop

Our new centre will bring extra recycling capacity to the city, helping to meet growing demand and providing residents with a modern, accessible, facility. Having a third site in the city will help to reduce congestion at our two existing sites.

It will also be home to a reuse shop and workshop, similar to the one we opened in Avonmouth last year. The shop will divert good quality, pre-loved items from the waste stream. A team of staff and volunteers will ensure everything is fit for purpose and cleaned before being made available for purchase at low cost.

Redirecting reusable items from disposal will help Bristol reach our ambitious recycling targets, reduce costs and save valuable resources. Profits from the sale of reusable items will be reinvested in waste reduction schemes, as well as supporting local charities. A reuse workshop will also be built into the site to support this vital work.

The importance of having the right infrastructure in place to help Bristol waste less and recycle more has never been clearer. We are constantly striving to develop a more sustainable city and this exciting new site will offer additional recycling capacity for the city as well as reduce our carbon footprint by removing the need for residents to drive across the city to existing sites.

Tony Lawless, Managing Director, Bristol Waste Company

That’s not all…

The construction work will also benefit the local economy with both staff and vehicles being hired locally wherever possible, also reducing the works’ carbon footprint.

Encon Construction, who are undertaking the construction works, will be holding a virtual meeting for any local businesses interested in working with them on the project. They will be looking for SMEs with experience in areas such as scaffolding, groundworks, carpentry, brickwork, painting and roofing. Find out more here.

We also have plans to trial a bicycle trailer loan scheme. This would allow residents to borrow a trailer for their bike to take home goods from the reuse shop, or bring recycling and reuse items to the centre.

The site is due to open to the public in 2022. It will be open seven days a week and will only close three days a year; 25 and 26 December and 1 January.


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