Hundreds queue as Bristol’s recycling centres reopen

Bristol’s reuse and recycling centres have reopened to the public today and before 10am queues at least 200 cars long were being reported at both.

New measures are in place at both the site in Albert Road in St Philips and the one at Avonmouth so everyone can follow guidelines around social distancing.

The council is also asking everyone planning a visit to only go if absolutely necessary and otherwise store items at home for now.

To help people plan their visit and reduce waiting times, short-term measures include:

• An odd and even number plate system, which means people can only visit on certain days. It starts today with even numbers and will alternate daily for two weeks.

• Only cars and small vans are allowed to use the site. No Transit type vans or vehicles with trailers will be allowed and all must have proof that they are Bristol residents. Anyone without proof will be turned away.

• People are able to check a live stream of queues before they leave home on the Bristol Waste website – but both are experiencing very high viewing levels today so more servers were being set up.

Crews cannot help with unloading materials from a vehicle. Sites may have to close again at short notice if too many people arrive at once, or if guidance on managing COVID-19 changes.

Both the garden waste and bulky waste collections are operating as usual across the city, as are regular black wheelie bin and recycling collections. Residents can make the most of the weekly recycling collections for items such as card, plastics, cans, glass and paper, and not take them to the recycling centres. They can also place items such as wearable textiles, old electrical and electronic items, batteries, etc. at the kerbside in an untied bag.