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South Gloucestershire Council - Service disruption due to strike action

South Gloucestershire Council have advised of the following regarding disruption to waste & recycling collections: 'Our waste contractor Suez has informed us that many of its employees are intending to continue with their current strike action until 3 September – due to their ongoing pay dispute with their employer. 

We understand this is concerning news for residents and apologise for the inconvenience it may cause.

We are doing all we can to minimise the impact by working with the staff Suez has available, to provide the best level of service possible under the circumstances.

How household collections are affected

We are continuing to prioritise black bin collections as this will dispose of waste such as personal hygiene items, medical waste, nappy sacks and pet waste.

You should put out your black bin on your normal collection day. If it is not collected, report it as a missed collection and the crew will return to your area as soon as possible.

There is not enough staff available to collect recycling or garden waste at present so please do not put these containers out.

Garden waste subscriptions that are affected will be extended to reflect the missed collections. You do not need to contact us for this to happen.

Deliveries of replacement bins and boxes, along with bulky waste collections, have also had to be suspended during the industrial action.

Dealing with recycling and food waste

We are aware of residents’ concerns around recycling and food waste not currently being collected and have made special arrangements for extra deposit points at a number of locations across the district in addition to the Sort It centres in Yate, Mangotsfield and Thornbury.

Recycling and food waste can be taken to four additional locations around South Gloucestershire every weekday between 8am and 2pm. These locations are:

  • Stoke Gifford Park and Ride (Parkway station) – Hunts Ground Road, BS34 8XX

  • Lyde Green Park and Ride – Willowherb Road, BS16 7GG

  • Page Road short stay car park Staple Hill – Page Road, BS16 4NE

  • SGC North Way site, Filton – BS34 7QG

Recycling (cardboard, paper, glass, cans and plastic) can be deposited in recycling skips (bring banks) 24/7 at:

  • Warmley community centre car park, 20 Deanery Road, Bristol BS15 9JB

  • The Batch community centre car park, 8a Park Rd, Barrs Court, Warmley, Bristol BS30 8EB

We have added facilities at our Sort It centres in Yate, Thornbury and Mangotsfield where you can take your food waste. You can also dispose of recycling and garden waste there. To help minimise smells use a plastic bag or double bag the food waste and ensure it is tightly tied to seal it. If you have not already done so you need to register to use our Sort It centres.

You can reduce the space recycling waste takes up if you:

  • flatten carboard packaging and put them inside the large cartons or boxes

  • squash plastic bottles and put the lids back on

  • stack plastic tubs, pots and trays together

  • squash food and drinks cans

How Sort It centres are affected

We are aware there have been queues forming at the Sort It centres during peak times (11am to 2pm). Try to visit outside these hours if you can. Yate Sort It Centre is now open earlier at 8am.

Unfortunately, the Little Stoke site will remain closed for the foreseeable future. We will provide an update when it can reopen.

The Revive shop at Thornbury Sort It Centre will also remain closed.'

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