Our Bristol Doors Open Days Experience

"It’s always nice to speak to residents face to face and help clarify any processes we have or what we can and cannot accept. It makes me feel like I’m making a difference.” - Dudley Hackling

For the first time ever, our Albert Road Depot opened for tours for Bristol Doors Open Days 2017. Our 24 slots sold out within hours and we were excited to greet those enthusiastic to see where their recycling ends up after it is collected from their home.

Armed with high visibility vests and steel toe capped boots, our Transfer Station Supervisor, Craig Powell, along with his staff Ben Foster, Gabor Hermesz and Neil Bond, toured 136 people around the station and depot. The tour impressed both young and old, with facts and details on our recycling procedures for those with a keen environmental interest and the opportunity to get up close and personal with a recycling truck, forklift and frontend loading shovel which excited our smaller visitors.

 

“We all really enjoyed the event and took a lot away from it ourselves,” said Craig. “The residents had a lot of questions about how their recycling is managed after it comes to us. I hope that by giving them details on what we collect and how it is managed, they will look differently at the recyclable items in their home and put more in their boxes.”

Highlights of the tour included seeing our bailer in operation, sorting metals from plastics with the help of an industrial magnet so that they are ready to be compressed into bails for shipment; a stroll around our finished product of plastic, steel and aluminium bails, which help illustrate just how much recycling is collected; and a face-to-face meeting with our large vehicles and equipment.

“I enjoyed being able to explain how our vehicles work,” said Dudley Hackling, a recycling operative who volunteered throughout the weekend. “It’s always nice to speak to residents face to face and help clarify any processes we have or what we can and cannot accept. It makes me feel like I’m making a difference.”

We would like to thank everyone who came out to see us over the Bristol Doors Open Days weekend and are thrilled that our first time participating went off so well. Another big thank you goes out to our fantastic staff volunteers for taking time out of their weekend to help us open up our transfer station for the event.

If you have any questions about what you can recycle and how, check out our page on just that!