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Changes to Stoke Gifford Sort It centre

South Gloucestershire Council - 14th May 2015

Following an accident on the 9 April 2015, that resulted in a serious injury to a Suez Environment (formally SITA) employee, changes are required to the Stoke Gifford Sort It centre.

This is the smallest of the Sort It centres and therefore needs to deliver a slightly different service to that of the others. A full investigation has been undertaken and identified three recommendations to the site to improve the safe working environment. These recommendations are for immediate implementation:

1. Introduce clear identifiable walk ways within the operating area protected by barriers. The barriers have been ordered and will be installed in early May.

2. Introduce traffic control barriers within the site to separate the public traffic and operating machinery. A barrier will be installed within the site to stop the flow of traffic when operating machinery is moving outside the normal operating area.

3. Reduce the material accepted and processed at the site to increase the safe operating area. A review of the materials accepted at the site has identified that some of the material currently accepted is also available to residents on the kerb side service and that other materials are from special projects. Six materials have been identified as no longer suitable for the Stoke Gifford Sort It centre and will not be accepted from Monday 18 May 2015.

  • Glass
  • Cans/Foil
  • Paper
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plasterboard
  • Hardcore
  • Tyres

Residents wishing to dispose of these material can use the other three sites at Mangotsfield, Thornbury and Yate. The changes will be communicated to residents through a press release and on-site leaflets.

The Heath and Safety Executive have been informed of the accident and will be visiting the site on the 12 May 2015 as part of the investigation. There may be further recommendations following the Health and Safety Executive review.