The “transformational” new recycling centre in Keynsham is set to open on April 17 after almost a year of construction.

People will get to the new recycling centre from Worlds End Lane, which will be signposted from the Broadmead Lane roundabout and Ashmead Road.

Anyone driving through the previous entrance on Pixash Lane will find themselves in a construction site, as the current recycling centre will be closed and redeveloped into an expansion of the new centre.

The council hopes to complete this second phase of construction over the winter.

Bath and North East Somerset Council’s chief operating officer Mandy Bishop said: “This new purpose-built public household waste and recycling centre will be quicker and easier for residents to use, with expanded recycling provision to make it possible for people to recycle even more.”

Speaking in May 2022, when construction work on the site started, the council’s cabinet member for neighbourhood services David Wood called the new centre “transformational.”

He said: “Keynsham Recycling Hub is an ambitious project which includes a raft of innovative measures that will help us to tackle the climate and ecological emergencies.”

He added: “It will be transformational, expanding public recycling provision while future-proofing our service and meeting the need for household waste and recycling and kerbside collections now and in the future. I’m looking forward to coming back and seeing the construction progress.”

The opening hours will remain the same as at the current centre: 8am to 4.15pm in the week, 9am to 3.45pm on Saturdays, 9am to 1pm on Sundays, and 8am to 3.45pm on bank holidays.

There are also plans to redevelop the Midland Road recycling centre in Bath as part of the Western Riverside development, but the council have insisted that a new recycling centre will be opened in Bath before the site is closed.