£7m Bristol Reuse and Recycling Centre opens its doors

Today (21 June), marks the opening of a new Reuse and Recycling Centre on Hartcliffe Way, in South Bristol.

Hartcliffe Way RRCThe first visitors welcomed to the site include Mayr Marvin Rees, Bristolian actor Joe Simms and Bristol Waste Managing director, Tony Lawless, amongst local residents – all bringing items to the site to be reused or recycled.

The new £7m site will be open seven days a week, 8am - 6:45pm (summer hours). The facility, Bristol Waste says, will bring additional recycling capacity to Bristol, helping to ‘meet growing demand and providing residents with a modern, accessible, facility that will help reduce congestion at the existing sites’.

Features such as a one-way traffic system will enable residents to ‘safely sort their items into easily accessible, dedicated bins, making it easier and more convenient for everyone to recycle their household waste’.

Bristol Waste told Resource: “The new Hartcliffe Way Reuse and Recycling Centre has a number of innovative features, such as pedestrian and bike access, which is helping Bristol reduce it’s carbon footprint as well as responding to resident requests.

“In addition, we will be providing a bike trailer loan scheme, free of charge. Residents will be able to book a trailer, take it home, fill it up and bring items to the site for reuse, recycling or disposal.

“The site will also be home to our largest reuse shop, selling good quality pre-loved items, with a focus on furniture and IT items. The shop has a large workshop to check items over, PAT test and ensure they are ready for their new home.”

Profits from the Reuse Shop will be reinvested in waste reduction schemes and supporting local charities. Examples of some popular items that will be on sale include televisions, paint, furniture and other electrical items.

Bristol Waste continued: “Also new for Hartcliffe Way are undercover parking bays, giving people year round protection from the elements when using the site.

“A brand new booking system will also make it quick and easy to access the site without needing to queue. Residents can book as far ahead as two weeks, or as little as one hour before they visit. It is also helping reduce carbon emissions from idling cars.”

The booking system replaces the odd and even number plate system. Those without internet access are able to make a booking by phone.

Bristol Waste added: “We will also be installing a 2m high ‘bug hotel’ on the site to help the surrounding areas rewild and help support the insect population. At the launch event, the guests will also be invited to throw wild flower seeds on the banks around the site.”

The bug hotel was designed by local scenic sculptor Johnny Mann.

Mayor Marvin Rees said: “This is a fantastic moment for the city. The opening of the brand-new household recycling centre on Hartcliffe Way is going to make recycling easier and more convenient for people living in the area, which we hope will encourage residents to recycle more. A local site will also minimise the amount people in the south of Bristol will have to travel which will also have huge benefits for the environment.

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

Tony Lawless, Managing Director, Bristol Waste Company added: “Delivering a project of this scale, and of such importance to the sustainability of our city has been incredibly rewarding and challenging.

“The pandemic made us value our precious resources more. It highlighted the need to waste less and recycle more in our own homes and beyond. This new site will provide a solid infrastructure for the south of our city to lead the way to a more sustainable future.

“The recycling centre will help save valuable resources, offer low-cost household items to local residents and help us reach our ambitious recycling targets.”