27 Nov 2018

Cabinet to view plans for new household waste recycling centre

Plans for a new household waste recycling centre (HWRC) which aims to increase levels of reusing, recycling and repairing, will be taken before the council’s Cabinet next week.

Cabinet will be presented with a progress report which outlines the next steps for the project.

The council has already confirmed that it is committed to the delivery of a third HWRC to benefit the residents of Bristol and to offer an expanded recycling and reuse facility in the south of the city.

The current plan would see the new HWRC built on land at Hartcliffe Way, currently used as a Highways Depot.

As part of the 2017 budget process £4 million was allocated for the project, which will be wholly funded by the council.

The centre would also include a reuse facility where good quality items, that may previously have gone in to the waste stream can be saved and upcycled, or merely find a new home.

Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for waste management, said: “We made a commitment to make Bristol measurably cleaner by 2020, as part of our Clean Streets Campaign, and this means more reuse, repairing and recycling so that less waste is produced and disposed of in landfill.

“I am really pleased that we are taking a big step towards getting this much needed recycling centre built. We are working very closely with Bristol Waste to make sure we are able to provide the best possible facility for the people of South Bristol.

“Over the last three years Bristol has been moving in the right direction by increasing reuse and recycling and we remain committed to reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfill. We have ambitious plans to increase our recycling rates in the city to 55% by 2020 and this facility will help us to achieve that goal.”

The council and Bristol Waste Company, which would operate the site, have reviewed a series of plans prepared by consultants, and work is now underway to start developing a project plan.

Tony Lawless, Managing Director, Bristol Waste said: “We are excited to work with the Council on this much needed third HWRC. The expanded facilities will provide south Bristol residents with access to essential recycling services; reduce the strain on the existing centres and increase our potential to improve the already high levels of domestic waste recycling.

“On top of that, the opening of the reuse centre could enable us to continue to help Bristol waste nothing. The centre would allow residents to bring good-quality, pre-loved items to be upcycled, or simply find a new home, rather than ending up in the waste stream - saving the city money, and helping the planet.”

Detailed plans will need to go back before Cabinet for a final decision. It is then hoped that construction of the new recycling centre would start in the second half of 2019 with the facility opening in 2020.

Cabinet is also being asked to approve funding to renew BWC’s current vehicle fleet. If plans are given the green light, the new fleet will allow for additional material separation and capture which will help increase recycling rates.

It is anticipated that the new fleet will result in quicker and more efficient collections thanks to more reliable vehicles that will need significantly less maintenance. The fleet will also conform to the latest energy and CO2 requirements which will reduce the impact that waste operations have upon CO2 levels within the city.