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Mayoral Manifesto 2016 - Repair, Reuse, Recycle

Bristol is a great city and it can be so much better!

The Green Mayor and Bristol’s Green Party Council candidates wish to see Bristol continue as the leading Green city in the UK with a clear vision of a more sustainable, better future. Our particular focus in 2016 is on Clean and Affordable Energy, A Decent Home for Everyone, 21st Century Education and Skills and Sustainable Transport and Clean Air.

Tony Dyer - Green Party candidate for mayor

The Green Party is committed to reducing the wastage of our limited resources. A Green Mayor would aim to make Bristol a world-leading city in waste reduction and resource efficiency by emulating the best schemes from around the globe that can realistically be delivered in Bristol. This will be done in ways that are easy for Bristolians to use and from which Bristolians will benefit.

‘Integrated Recycling, Repair and Re-use Centres’

Bristol’s two household waste recycling centres were built in an age when recycling was less urgent and are both congested and in need of refurbishment and regeneration. A Green Mayor would seize this opportunity to build a new integrated recycling repair and re-use centre on the proposed Hartcliffe Way site and refurbish the sites at Avonmouth and St Phillips. This new generation of ‘resource recovery centres’ would provide jobs, training and education opportunities for Bristolians, helping to transform the way we think about waste and generating income through the sale of goods which have been salvaged and repaired. We would provide funding for a central coordination body to help the re-use sector to share resources; in effect building a city-wide network to help people and organisations that have things they no longer need pass them to organisations that could re-use them.

Cleaner streets

Keeping Bristol’s streets clean costs around £5 million each year, yet many areas are still blighted by fly-tipping, littering, and use of communal bins by commercial operators. A Green Mayor would ensure that a more strategic approach would be taken to street cleansing by ensuring that cleaners follow waste and recycling collections and that enforcement officers have the resources they need to catch rogue operators who dump rubbish illegally at the expense of the public purse. People who are caught littering our streets would be named, shamed and punished to deter others from doing so in future.

We also believe that the current system of charging residents to take away their bulky waste items may encourage fly-tipping. We would therefore introduce the free collection of bulky waste items on the doorstep; extending the service to include bric-a-brac and then channelling the goods into the new ‘Integrated Recycling, Repair and Re-use’ centres and the third sector.

Bristol Waste Company

We fully support the continuation of the Bristol Waste Company as a wholly public owned service. We would extend its role to include the management of the new ‘Integrated Recycling, Repair and Re-use’ centre. The new company would take an innovative approach to the marketing of recyclable materials which should be viewed as a valuable income stream to be used for improving public services.

Inclusive and appropriate recycling service

Many flats in Bristol were built before recycling was part of mainstream life and are thus not designed to make recycling as easy as they could be. We believe that everyone should have equal access to services; so under a Green Mayor we would ensure that flats have appropriate recycling facilities with enough capacity to enable residents in flats to recycle as much as people who live in houses.

We also understand that not all houses are the same and for some residents, having a wheelie bin is not the most appropriate solution. Bins can often end up being stored on the street, causing an obstruction on pavements and making the place look untidy.  Through the Bristol Waste Company, we would identify areas where residents have trouble with their bins; providing a more tailored solution to enable everyone to take part in the ‘Rubbish Revolution’.

We are committed to becoming a zero waste city and a world-leading city in implementing the circular economy.

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