Work is underway to deliver significant improvements worth £225,000 to Gwynedd Council’s popular recycling centre in Bangor.

The improvements will involve expanding the size of the centre on the Llandygai Industrial Estate to offer residents better recycling opportunities as well as developing a new on-site shop for the re-use and upcycling of materials. The work is funded through a Welsh Government Circular Economy grant.

Councillor Catrin Wager, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Municipal, said:

“The recycling centre on the Llanydygai estate is extremely popular and the staff there offer a welcoming service to the residents of Bangor and Dyffryn Ogwen who make use of the site.

“Indeed, since the centre reopened under appointment arrangements after the first lockdown last year, well over 15,000 people have used the recycling centre. It is therefore very important that we ensure that the centre meets our expectations and is safe for staff and those who visit.

“As part of the £ 225,000 improvements to Bangor’s recycling centre, we will introduce an on-site upcycling shop when it re-opens which will offer us opportunities to work with partners to cut down on the amount of materials thrown away forever. Improvements will also include a new purpose-built entrance and exit for the centre.

“Bangor’s recycling centre has been open for some fifteen years now, so it makes sense that we are making improvements to ensure that it meets the needs of today’s residents and that it allows and encourages re-use of items and materials which is an essential component of achieving our vision of a zero-waste county in the future.

“In order to achieve these improvements, the centre will temporarily need to close from 8 March while this work is completed. We appreciate that this will have a temporary effect on some of the area’s residents and that there will be arrangements to extend the opening hours of the Caernarfon centre during this period, and we believe that the new-look Bangor centre will offer everyone a much-improved resource.”

Gwynedd Council’s recycling centre in Bangor will be temporarily closed from Monday, March 8 while improvements are completed on site.

To enable essential building works to be carried out on-site at Llandygai Estate in Bangor, the centre will be temporarily closed between 8 March and early May. The Council expects that Bangor’s recycling centre will be partially reopened from mid-May, with the site fully reopening by mid-June.

During the period when the improvements are taking place in Bangor, the Council has arranged for the Caernarfon Recycling Centre on the Cibyn industrial estate to be open for extended hours, with advance booking times between 8am and 7pm from Monday to Saturday.

Those who wish to visit the Council’s recycling centres need to make an appointment in advance – this can be completed on the Council’s website www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/recycling or by downloading the ‘apGwynedd’ app to your smartphone or tablet device.