Proposals to improve waste and recycling facilities for B&NES residents on a redeveloped site at Pixash Lane in Keynsham are being consulted on by the council.
The council says the plans will help residents to recycle more to help tackle the climate emergency.
The proposals would see the council consolidate its current operational facilities at Pixash Lane and Ashmead Road in Keynsham onto a redeveloped site at Pixash Lane, just to the east of the Ashmead industrial area.
The ‘behind the scenes’ operational waste and recycling transfer station currently at Midland Road in Bath would also move to the site, and Bath would have its own recycling centres for the public to visit.
Sites in Bath are being identified to replace the public Household Waste Recycling Centre at Midland Road, with people being consulted on their ideas both for sites and future recycling. One site under consideration is next to the Odd Down Park & Ride.
The council says the “state-of the-art” facility at Keynsham is planned to meet current pressures and future demand from an increasing population, providing a new home for the refuse, recycling and garden waste collection vehicles and crews who deal with the rubbish and recycling that people put out for collection at the kerbside at their houses. “This will help improve our services to the public by ensuring all collections are efficient and reliable and will allow us to safely sort increased quantities of waste for recycling.”
The council continued: “A new purpose-built public household waste and recycling centre is part of the proposals. This will be quicker and easier for residents to use, with expanded recycling provision to make it easier for people to recycle even more. It will also help reduce general waste and operational costs.
“In line with the council’s climate and ecological emergency declarations, the scheme will be designed with carefully considered sustainability measures built-in, including construction design and materials, energy efficiency, renewable power, and future maintenance considerations.
“The scheme is being designed with future flexibility in mind, to adapt to new recycling developments and technologies and also carbon reduction measures such as electric vehicle conversion.”
The council is seeking the views of local people about the proposals from now until 21st December. Visit www.recyclingkeynsham.co.uk
An application has also been submitted to demolish buildings and a number of run-down outbuildings on the council land at Pixash Lane.
The council says these have deteriorated in condition and pose health and safety risks. Over the past year they have been subject to vandalism and there are increasing costs to securing and maintaining them to an acceptable standard.