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Council’s compulsory vehicle pre-registration system for Sort It centres goes live

Posted on Thursday 24th March 2016 at 8:38 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford Sort It! Centre, Station Road, Little Stoke.

South Gloucestershire residents who want to use local authority Sort It waste disposal and recycling centres, such as the one in Station Road, Little Stoke, must now register their vehicle to access the sites.

A spokesperson for South Gloucestershire Council said:

“You don’t need to sign up straight away, just make sure you register at least 24 hours before your next visit. You can sign up at any time of year and you only need to do it once, unless you change your address or vehicle.”

Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Communities Committee Cllr Heather Goddard said:

“We have introduced vehicle registration at our Sort It recycling centres to help reduce the number of people from neighbouring council districts and commercial users from visiting our sites. Residents can sign up at any time and it’s very easy to register online, over the phone or at any of South Gloucestershire’s One Stop Shops.”

There are two types of vehicle registration available:

Standard vehicle registration for vehicles of any size (up to 3.5 tonnes) that have rear and/or side facing windows including cars of any size, campervans, people carriers etc.

Restricted vehicle registration for:

  • Vans of any size without rear facing windows including minibuses, campervans and cars
  • 4×4s, pick-up trucks or people carriers (MPV) without rear seats and/or windows or with an open back
  • Flatbed vehicles, box vans, horse boxes with integrated cab and agricultural vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes

A maximum of two vehicles per address can be registered.

More: Vehicle registrations will be checked using ANPR technology »

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Little Stoke recycling centre to stop accepting some categories of waste

Posted on Wednesday 13th May 2015 at 11:03 am by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford Sort It! Centre, Station Road, Little Stoke.

Local DIY enthusiasts will no longer be able to dispose of hardcore, rubble and plasterboard at the Stoke Gifford Sort It! Centre after South Gloucestershire Council announced restrictions on the types of waste that will be accepted at the site with effect from Monday 18th May.

The council says the changes are intended to “open up more space to ensure that staff and residents can safely move around the site,” which is the smallest of four household waste facilities operated by the authority.

The move comes just over a month after an employee of the site operator SUEZ Environment (formerly SITA UK) suffered “serious” injuries after being in collision with a shovel loading vehicle during the process of exchanging containers.

The full list of items that will no longer be accepted at the Station Road site is as follows: Cans, aerosols, foil, paper, glass bottles and jars, plastic containers (bottles, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs etc), tyres, plasterboard, hardcore and rubble.

Rigid/hard plastic items such as children’s toys and garden furniture will still be accepted.

The council emphasises that cans, aerosols, foil, paper, glass bottles and jars, plastic containers can continue to be disposed off via its fortnightly kerbside collection service.

A spokesperson for South Gloucestershire Council said:

“To minimise the impact and inconvenience to local residents, we have chosen to discontinue the items that will affect the least number of people who use Stoke Gifford Sort It! Centre. We have selected items that every household can dispose of through our normal household recycling collections, such as cans, glass, paper and plastics. Others are items that residents don’t need to dispose of on a regular basis, such as hardcore, rubble, plasterboard and tyres.”

More: Other centres at Yate, Thornbury and Mangotsfield not affected »

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Bins uncollected despite paying new charge

Posted on Tuesday 29th April 2014 at 2:46 pm by SH (Editor)

Green bin not emptied in Little Stoke.

Householders in Little Stoke have hit out after their green bins were left uncollected despite paying South Gloucestershire Council’s controversial new charge for the collection of garden waste, dubbed a “bin tax” by Conservative councillors who opposed its introduction.

Residents living in Silver Birch Close (off Braydon Avenue) are the latest to complain about the “chaos” of the council’s green bin charging policy after they failed to receive their scheduled green bin collections since the change kicked in on 31st March.

Carol Mason of Silver Birch Close in Little Stoke said:

“Our experience tells us that South Gloucestershire Council’s green bin charging policy is in chaos. Households are paying the £36 bin tax, but are still not having their bins collected as scheduled.”

Fellow Silver Birch Close resident Hilda Atkinson added:

“We should be receiving some form of compensation or refund for the fact that we are not receiving the service which we have paid for, but we won’t hold our breath. The council should have left the green bin collection service as it was, rather than introduce the chaos that it has.”

Stoke Gifford Councillor Keith Cranney (Conservative) said:

“It’s utterly unacceptable that, despite forking out for this punitive bin tax, residents have not had their green bin waste collected on either of the last two collection cycles as scheduled. It beggars belief that the council seems to be making it as difficult as possible for households to do the right thing and recycle their waste. This new ‘service’ is a complete shambles and households paying the bin tax are being ripped off.”

Photo (l-r): Carol Mason, Cllr Keith Cranney and Hilda Atkinson.

Source: Press release from the Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council.

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Civic amenity site to close for two weeks in February

Posted on Monday 7th January 2013 at 11:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford Sort It! Centre, Station Road, Little Stoke.

The Sort It! civic amenity site in Station Road, Little Stoke, is to be closed for two weeks in February to allow essential maintenance work to be carried out.

The site will be closed from Monday 4th February to Sunday 17th February inclusive, during which time work will undertaken to improve facilities and maintain a safe environment for residents and staff.

The works will include the introduction of pedestrian walkways with handrails and allow for the removal of steps to containers, making it easier for local residents to undertake their future recycling activities. The access road will also be resurfaced to provide a smoother ride for drivers.

Vicki May, SITA UK’s South Gloucestershire-based Regional Manager, said:

“Our overriding priority is the continued safety for all at the Sort It! Centre and working with South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) the decision to close the centre has been made to allow improvements to be carried out efficiently.”

Chair of SGC’s Communities Committee Cllr Claire Young said:

“We aim to deliver an excellent recycling service for our residents so I am very pleased to see these improvements to the Stoke Gifford Sort It! Centre. The improvements will make it even easier for people to recycle their household waste and will help us to further reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.”

During the temporary closure, the remaining three Sort It! Centres, at Yate, Mangotsfield and Thornbury will be open as usual every day from 8am to 4:30pm.

More: Council’s search for a replacement site continues »

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