Mangotsfield recycling centre to reopen next week

May 06 2020
Mangotsfield recycling centre to reopen next week

Mangotsfield's recycling centre will now reopen next week.

South Gloucestershire Council has announced that the Sort It centre in Carsons Road will reopen next Saturday, May 16.

The council had previously said that it was waiting for the government to confirm that trips to dispose of waste counted as essential journeys.

But with Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick calling for tips to reopen soon, today the council said that Mangotsfield would reopen next week, along with the centres at Thornbury and Yate.

There will be “some restrictions around the type of waste that can be disposed of”, as well as social distancing measures in place to keep people safe.
Opening hours will also be extended to cope with demand, from 6am to 6pm until further notice. The sites will be open for essential use and will only accept non-recyclable black bin waste and large items such as furniture and mattresses to begin with.
A council spokesperson said: “Any other waste, including garden waste, soil, DIY, recycling and plastics cannot be brought onto the sites and will not be accepted.
“Limits on the types of waste are necessary so we can cordon off certain areas and implement social distancing measures. This will enable people to unload their vehicles at a safe distance from others in the current circumstances.”
Each vehicle will be given two parking spaces to unload waste and two disposal bays to use; one for black bin waste and one for large items.
Cabinet member for communities Rachael Hunt said: “It is fantastic news that we will be reopening three of our recycling centres at Mangotsfield, Thornbury and Yate on 16 May to allow people to dispose of some of the troublesome black-bin and bulky waste that may have built-up at home over the lockdown period.
“It is important to note that we will have to apply some restrictions around the type of waste that can be disposed of in order to implement appropriate social distancing measures and we urge people to only use the sites if absolutely necessary. We will be providing updates on this and other important information on our website which I encourage residents to check.
“After these sites have opened, we will be reviewing the measures regularly and additional types of waste may be added if it is possible to do so. I’d like to thank our residents for their patience and understanding over the past few weeks.”
The council has stressed that:

Site staff will not be able to help unload vehicles, so make sure you have someone from your household with you if you need help
• Little Stoke Sort It recycling centre will remain closed until further notice
• The re-use shop at Thornbury Sort It recycling centre will also be closed until further notice.

The council says black bin waste and large items are being prioritised at the Sort It recycling centres as they are most likely to build-up at home and are more likely to be fly-tipped.
It also warns that Sort It centres are likely to be very busy initially, so to avoid long queues and to prevent traffic building up in the areas around the sites, it is advising people to only visit if they cannot manage their waste at home.

For more details of changes to council services, click here.