All change at recycling centres with cuts in opening hours

September 28 2015

OPENING times at the Sort It! centre in Yate are being cut as changes are introduced to all of South Gloucestershire’s recycling sites.

OPENING times at the Sort It! centre in Yate are being cut as changes are introduced to all of South Gloucestershire’s recycling sites.

From October 1, people can only take waste to the four centres – the others are in Thornbury, Little Stoke and Mangotsfield - between 8.30am and 4.30pm.

Until now, they opened 30 minutes earlier all year round and for six months of the year from April didn’t close until 6.30pm.

South Gloucestershire Council said the changes would help improve efficiency of the sites and deter non-residents and commercial users from using the facilities.

It is also planning to introduce a resident vehicle registration scheme in 2016 and an electronic van permit system. Giving permits for vans means people whose work van doubles as a family vehicle will be able to use it to carry domestic waste to the centres.

Under the new rules, South Gloucestershire householders will have to register their vehicles online, over the phone or at One Stop Shops to gain access to the tips, where an automatic number plate recognition system will be updated to implement the registration schemes.

 Councillor Heather Goddard, chairwoman of the council’s communities committee, said: “Changing opening times at the Sort It! centres is the first step to making improvements to the sites and reducing the number of non-residents and traders using the facilities.

“After reviewing the number of visitors to the centres, we found there were very few people making use of the extended opening hours in the summer.

“The new opening times reflect the times that most people use the centres and also allows the Little Stoke centre to be open seven days a week instead of closing on a Wednesday.”

The committee agreed to the changes after a public consultation exercise carried out between November 2014 and February 2015.

It said the new times would now apply all year round except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.