Plans for a new household waste recycling centre (HWRC) which aims to increase levels of reusing, recycling and repairing, have been considered by Bristol City Council’s cabinet.
The Labour-run 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.”
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.