Public debate will discuss how to reduce waste in Bristol
A public debate on how to reduce waste in Bristol is being held at the Council House tomorrow.
'Slimming Bristol's Waste' has been organised by Bristol Green Capital and will focus on how the city can produce less waste and how to make best use of waste matter.
Speakers include Jane Stephenson, chief executive of Bristol-based environmental agency Resource Futures, Councillor Gary Hopkins, cabinet member for strategic waste, and representatives from May Gurney, Bristol's new waste and recycling contractors.
Darren Hall from Bristol Green Capital said: "Waste is always high on the agenda in Bristol - everyone has an opinion on it.
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"We've got a great range of speakers for the night including the council, industry, waste specialists and a supermarket. It should make for a lively debate."
Councillor Hopkins added that Bristol had one of the highest recycling rates of any city.
He said: "In the last six months alone, we've seen our recycling rate go over 50 per cent, our new plastics kerbside services begin to roll out to residents as part of the new contract with May Gurney, and the amount of waste to landfill drop to less than 20 per cent thanks to the opening of the new waste treatment plant in Avonmouth.
"Our approach has been about involving the public in solutions, which works well with the vast majority of residents."
The event will take place from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in the Council Chamber.
Entry is free, but people should register on the event website beforehand to book a place.