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Council waste service to redevelop Viridor site

South Gloucestershire Council is to build a recyclables and residuals centre in Filton to manage household waste from growing housing developments.

It has bought the Viridor Filton Collections Unit on the North Bristol Park industrial estate as part of a £6.5m project, which will see the new services delivered in 2023.

Viridor will continue to operate from the site but, after it leaves in 2021, the council will demolish the existing facilities and replace them with a transfer station, a Sort It centre, a waste vehicles depot and possibly a shop to sell usable discarded items.

Sort It centres accept both recyclables and residual items from residents who have registered vehicles with them.

Cabinet member for tourism and communities Paul Hughes (pictured) said: “We are a growing community and are committed to growing sustainably. It is important that we invest now for the future infrastructure to support new communities as well as existing residents.

“The facility will have the capacity to manage the extra waste that comes from new homes, and its location will reduce the number and length of journeys taken by the trucks across the district to collect waste and recyclable materials.”

He said South Gloucestershire recycled 51% of household waste and was “well on the way to reaching our 60% target”.

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