The Liberal Democrat administration in B&NES is looking to "bring recycling in Bath into the 21st century", as it begins to consult with local residents on ambitious proposals for neighbourhood waste and recycling centres across the city, to replace the outmoded site at Midland Road.
The Council has currently identified one such potential site in Odd Down which it is consulting on but is also exploring several other sites for additional neighbourhood-sized recycling centres.
Commenting on the proposals, Councillor David Wood, joint Cabinet Member for the Climate Emergency and Neighbourhood Services said:
"The old recycling centre at Midland Road has not been fit for purpose for a while. The Lib Dem Council wanted to come up with an innovative solution that would bring recycling in Bath into the 21st century and transform B&NES into one of the leading authorities in the country for recycling rates.
"It is important to note that speculation the Council were looking to leave Bath without a recycling centre within the city is patently untrue. The Lib Dems are committed to keeping at least one recycling centre in Bath.
"By replacing the Midland Rd site with a number of neighbourhood recycling centres, we hope to make recycling as convenient as possible for residents. Having more than one centre spread across the city will mean shorter car journeys and shorter waiting times, which has the additional benefit of reducing carbon emissions from vehicles travelling to and from the sites.
"We're also eager to increase the range of things we're able to recycle to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and to offer new re-use and repair services.
"Reducing the amount we waste by reusing what we can and recycling what we no longer need may seem like small individual actions but are critical in our fight against the climate emergency - which is one of the key priorities of this Lib Dem administration."
"As part of this revolution in recycling, we want to hear from residents on what sites they think could be suitable for a neighbourhood recycling centre and what the Council can do to make recycling easier."
The search for potential sites will be completed in time for options to be reported to cabinet within the 2020/21 financial year.
To put forward your suggestions please email: Recycling_BathHaveYourSay@bathnes.gov.uk
The closing date for suggestions is Friday 1st January.
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