26 Mar 2020

Bristol’s Reuse & Recycling Centres to be closed today

City's facilities shut due to ongoing pandemic

Bristol’s Household Reuse & Recycling Centres are being closed with immediate effect from today to continue to protect the safety of both the public and staff during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

While the city’s waste and recycling collection services will continue to operate, visiting a recycling centre is not among the reasons included for people to leave their homes under the latest Covid-19 guidance issued by the government, meaning St Philips Household Waste Recycling Centre and Avonmouth Household Waste Recycling Centre are now closed.

Garden waste collections are also being suspended from Monday (30 March), with citizens’ subscription to this service being extended accordingly. Everyone is being asked to delay projects which may generate additional waste or recycling and residents are also encouraged to compost their garden waste at home.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Thanks to the dedication and commitment of our crews, our waste and recycling collection services have continued to operate, but the continuing safety implications of the coronavirus outbreak mean closing our Reuse & Recycling Centres is necessary at this time.

“I understand the inconvenience this action and the suspension of garden waste collections may cause some of our citizens but we must prioritise the safety of our staff, the public and especially the vulnerable at this time, which means following the government guidance surrounding limiting the amount of time spent outdoors.

“I would ask everyone to avoid any projects generating additional waste or recycling and especially avoid the temptation of fly-tipping, which is not only illegal but ruins areas of our city, places extra strain on our services and is intolerable for those who live near it.

“By working co-operatively together during this difficult time, including following the guidance on how present and prepare our waste and recycling for collection, we can all help to keep our streets and surroundings as clean as possible

Citizens are urged to keep themselves and waste and recycling crews safe by following the advice shared by Public Health England and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in relation to personal coronavirus waste, such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths. These items should be double-bagged, tied securely and kept separate from other waste for 72 hours, before being placed in your black wheelie bin.

Bulky waste collections and bin deliveries were suspended from Tuesday of this week.

For more information about collections during this crisis, see the Bristol City Council website.

Further information on bins, recycling and street cleansing is available at Bristol Waste.