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Major new Household Waste Recycling Centre for South Bristol
Release date: Tue, 26/06/2012
South Bristol residents will benefit from a new £2 million Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) in plans put before the councils Cabinet next week.
Cllr Gary Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety said: "We know people want a centre in South Bristol and we have been determined to achieve it. This will be a great facility for South Bristol. It will be open seven days a week and the size of the site will give room for residents to be able recycle to 30 types of waste."
The centre will also have an area for goods that can be re-used and a walk-in facility.
Funding for the development of the new HWRC in Hartcliffe Way was allocated in the cabinets £50 million Investing in Bristols Future package as part of this year's budget.
The new centre will be the city's third HWRC, in addition to Avonmouth and St Philips, and will help the city increase its recycling rates even further.
South Bristol residents will not have to travel halfway across the city to visit an HWRC, many will be able to walk in saving them time and petrol and encouraging more people to make use of the first-class recycling facilities.
Another measure planned to make centres easier and quicker to use for Bristol residents is also planned for later this year.
"Because all neighbouring Councils restrict the use of their waste centres and the amount of waste they take, about ten percent of waste bought to the centres is from outside Bristol. Bristol residents have had to foot the extra cost, which is unfair. We now have plans to ensure this does not happen in the future," says Cllr Hopkins.
Plans to restrict the use of HWRCs to residents will be brought in later this year. It will follow a wide publicity campaign. People using the HWRCs will be spot-tested and need to show their driving licence, utility bill or council tax bill to show where they live.
"People will be given plenty of warning, but our plans to restrict the use of the HWRC will make the service far fairer for Bristolians and will save £170,000 for other services," says Cllr Hopkins.