Reopening Little Stoke Sort It recycling centre
South Gloucestershire Council - 25th June 2020
The following is a briefing note from South Gloucestershire Council regarding the reopening of Little Stoke Sort It recycling centre.
In March 2020 all four Sort It recycling centres in South Gloucestershire were closed due to the Covid-19 lockdown. This was consistent with local authorities across the country with 95% of household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs) closed.
Guidance issued by DEFRA on 20 April 2020 set out advice to help local authorities reopen or to keep their HWRCs open. The key principle of this guidance is that human health must be protected, and social distancing must be observed at all times by both staff and visitors.
In collaboration with Suez, Public Health and Health and Safety colleagues, a review of South Gloucestershire facilities concluded it was safe to open three of the Sort It recycling centres at Mangotsfield, Thornbury and Yate for essential trips only, with measures in place to ensure social distancing for staff and visitors. These three sites all have reverse parking bays. At the time it was considered that the site in Little Stoke should remain closed as it is much smaller with parallel parking, reducing throughput to two or three cars at a time with social distancing measures.
To help mitigate the closure loss of the Little Stoke site and the anticipated increased demand the three other sites have been operating with extended opening hours from 6am until 6pm every day (12 hours a day instead of 8). This has since been reduced to 10.5 hours a day and the sites are currently open from 6am to 4.30pm. The staff from the Little Stoke site have been deployed to cover these extended hours.
Plan to reopen Little Stoke
The re-opening of Little Stoke is dependent on the reduction of social distancing from 2m to 1m. This is because of the distances required to ensure social distancing with a parallel parking site. Plans are now being made to reopen Little Stoke from Monday 6 July.
Other site changes
At the same time, the other three sites will be reconfigured to reduce current social distancing measures from 2m to 1m, which will increase throughput, reduce demand and the associated traffic issues.
When all four sites are open and throughput is increased, the sites will return to normal opening hours of 8.30am to 4.30pm from Monday 13 July 2020.
New North Fringe site
The Viridor site, North Way, Filton, was purchased last year and is currently leased back to Viridor who are due to vacant in late 2021.
Designs for site layout and configuration are being prepared and plan to go into planning by the end of the calendar year. Once planning is approved an external contractor will be commissioned to rebuild the site with works starting from late 2021- 22 and the site opening from early 2023.
Waste Operations Manager