Bath council considering new recycling centre

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A new recycling centre is on the cards for Bath and Somerset residents

Bath and North east Somerset Council is considering opening a new and improved household recycling centre as the current recycling site in Midland Road is “unfit for purpose”.

It has not yet been revealed where the council is planning to build the new recycling centre but plans have already been submitted to seek approval to spend £320,000 on the initial stages of the proposed project, and a further £542,000 for the relocation of the council’s street cleaning facility.

Bath council considering moving recycling centre to new site

The plans for the new Western Riverside development

The current recycling centre in Midland Road is just one of three centres within the district. The council has claimed that the Midland Road site “presents significant health and safety issues” and that a new “modern, fit for purpose recycling centre” is required to replace this site.

The area surrounding the Midland Road centre is also earmarked for part of the council’s Western Riverside enterprise zone, which is to cost £1bn and is to contain 2,500 new and modern homes, a 650,000sq ft business area and will create more than 9,000 jobs for the district.

According to a Bath and North east Somerset Council report, the outdated recycling centre does not compliment the new enterprise zone and its existence is “incompatible with surrounding development”.

The council thinks that relocating the household recycling centre will help improve the area’s recycling rates and also help reduce the amount of municipal waste being sent to landfill.

The council report states: “Future operational efficiencies can be gained by consolidating collection, recycling, refuse collection & waste transfer operations on one site, as well as maximising opportunities to increase recycling and reduce associated landfill and disposal costs.”

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