Proposals to improve waste and recycling facilities for residents in Bath and North East Somerset are being consulted on by the council.
The plans will help residents to recycle more, to help tackle the climate emergency.
The proposals would see the council consolidate its current operational facilities at Pixash Lane and Ashmead Road in Keynsham onto a redeveloped site at Pixash Lane, which is just to the east of the Ashmead industrial area. The “behind the scenes” operational waste and recycling transfer station currently at Midland Road in Bath would also move to the site, and Bath will have its own recycling centres for the public to visit.
Sites in Bath are being identified to replace the public Household Waste Recycling Centre at Midland Road, with the public being consulted on their ideas both for sites and future recycling. One site under consideration is next to the Odd Down park and ride. Bath residents will not be left without at least one, and possibly more, centres for household waste and recycling in the city.
The state-of the-art facility is planned to meet current pressures and future demand from an increasing population, providing a new home for the refuse, recycling and garden waste collection vehicles and crews who deal with the rubbish and recycling that people put out for collection at the kerbside at their houses. This will help improve our services to the public by ensuring all collections are efficient and reliable and will allow us to safely sort increased quantities of waste for recycling.
A new purpose-built public household waste & recycling centre is part of the proposals. This will be quicker and easier for residents to use, with expanded recycling provision to make it easier for people to recycle even more. It will also help reduce general waste and operational costs.
In line with the council’s climate and ecological emergency declarations, the scheme will be designed with carefully considered sustainability measures built-in, including construction design and materials, energy efficiency, renewable power, and future maintenance considerations.
The scheme is being designed with future flexibility in mind, to adapt to new recycling developments and technologies and also carbon reduction measures such as electric vehicle conversion.
The council is seeking the views of local people about the proposals from now until December 21st. To view and comment on the proposals please visit: www.recyclingkeynsham.co.uk.
If anyone is unable to access the information online, they can telephone: 01225 423400 for assistance and support.
All feedback from the consultation will be considered as part of the council’s formal planning application which will be submitted next year.
Councillor David Wood, cabinet member for Climate Emergency and Neighbourhood Services, said:
“The Keynsham proposal aims to create a sustainable, modern facility and make it easier for us all to recycle and reduce our waste, reducing costs and contributing to our climate emergency goals. We look forward to sharing our plans with our local communities and hearing their feedback.”