Recyling centre to take fewer items to improve site's safety

Published on: 29 Jun 2015

Filton residents are being warned of changes to the items they can take to their nearest recycling centre.

South Gloucestershire Council has announced it has reduced the range of items accepted at Stoke Gifford Sort It Centre, which is the smallest of its household waste facilities.

The changes, a spokesperson said, would open up more space to allow residents and staff to safely move around the site.

The following items can no longer be accepted at the Sort It centre: cans, aerosols and foil; paper;  glass bottles and jars; plastics (bottles, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs etc - rigid/hard plastic items such as children’s toys and garden furniture will still be accepted); tyres; plasterboard; hardcore and rubble.

Residents can continue to recycle glass bottles and jars, cans, aerosols, foil, paper and plastics from home in their normal recycling containers.

A council spokesperson said: “To minimise the impact and inconvenience to local residents we have chosen to discontinue the items that will affect the least number of people who use Stoke Gifford Sort It Centre.

“We have selected items that every household can dispose of through our normal household recycling collections, such as cans, glass, paper and plastics. Others are items that residents don’t need to dispose of on a regular basis, such as hardcore, rubble, plasterboard and tyres. All of these items can still be taken to the other Sort It centres.

“Reducing the number of recyclable items that can be taken at Stoke Gifford will help to improve the safe manoeuvring areas where large vehicles and plant move the containers around the site. This will create a safer working environment for our site operatives and residents alike.”

The three other Sort It centres – Yate, Thornbury and Mangotsfield – have not been affected by these changes and will continue to accept all of these discontinued items.

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