Work ‘well underway’ at Bristol HWRC

The Environment Agency has opened a consultation into the Bristol Waste Company’s application for an environmental permit for a new household waste recycling centre (HWRC).

The Hartcliffe Household Reuse and Recycling Centre will open in "summer 2022"

Work on the Hartcliffe Household Reuse and Recycling Centre, which will be based on Hartcliffe Way in the south of the city, began in March 2020.

Cllr Nicola Beech, Bristol’s cabinet member for climate, ecology, waste and energy, told “Work to deliver Hartcliffe Household Reuse and Recycling Centre is well underway.

“We expect to begin welcoming the public to the site by summer 2022.

“This new facility fulfils the Mayor’s manifesto pledge to deliver the recycling centre for South Bristol and supports our long-term goal to become a zero waste city by 2049.

“The site will make a huge contribution towards driving up the percentage of household waste being sent for recycling, reuse and composting and in turn boost the recycling rate achieved across Bristol’s centres by 2025.”

The Agency’s consultation seeks comments from the public on Bristol’s permit application and closes on 15 February.


Bristol city council awarded construction and engineering company Encon Construction a contract to build the facility in February 2021.

Featuring a split-level layout, a one-way traffic system and a reuse workshop and shop, the HWRC is being built on the site of a former street cleansing depot managed by Bristol Waste.

Once open, the facility will accept up to 35,000 tonnes of household waste per year.

The site was visited by Bristol mayor Marvin Rees in August to see how works were progressing (see story).


Representing an estimated population of nearly 470,000, Bristol city council had a household waste recycling rate of 46.4% in the 2020/21 financial year.

The council’s in-house Bristol Waste Company provides integrated waste collection and disposal services across the city.

The Hartcliffe Household Reuse and Recycling Centre will be the second of its kind in Bristol, with the city’s first combined HWRC and reuse shop having opened in Avonmouth in February 2020 (see story).

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