Somerset Waste Partnership
The Somerset Waste Partnership's August's Monthly Briefing is now available and can be viewed here. Revised collection arrangements for the Bank Holidays up to the end of August 2018 can be viewed here.
Waste collections start from 6am - 25th July 2018
From Somerset Waste Partnership website at:
Recycling and rubbish
collections will start daily at 6am from now on due to the high temperatures.
Please ensure your bins and boxes are all out in time for the early start (and
no earlier than the night before), and note that some collections times may
change. The new start time will continue until cooler weather returns. Crews
have been reminded to keep the noise down; apologies in advance for the sound
of glass and cans. To help crews get your waste collected, please:
* Sort and roughly segregate materials in boxes without using carrier bags.
* Rinse all containers and squash all but glass and aerosols.
* Cut up all large card and flatten all cardboard boxes.
Quick reminder on plastic
Plastic bottles are the only
plastics taken at the kerbside; household and food plastic pots,
tubs and trays are taken at all 16 recycling sites: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/slider/all-recycling-sites-take-plastic-food-pots-tubs-and-trays/
Tetra Paks, other beverage cartons and single-use plastic-lined
coffee cups are taken at 12
recycling sites: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/dozen-recycling-sites-take-single-use-coffee-cups/
More on how to recycle as
much as possible …
For more on what we do and do not take at the kerbside for
For what is taken at
recycling sites, their locations and when they are open: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/recycling/centres/
All change for Somerset’s waste
waste services is moving ahead fast to take even more materials in kerbside
recycling and generate electricity from the smaller amounts of rubbish left
The changes will
involve aligning three multi-million pound contracts; for waste collection,
rubbish disposal and a new fleet of refuse and recycling vehicles, all of which
currently begin and end completely separately. Lining them up will make
services more efficient, helping drive recycling rates from 53% to 60% and
beyond and cut waste costs by many millions of pounds.
progress, Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) and waste collections contractor
Kier have jointly agreed to end their current contract 18 months early, on 27
That will allow
timely replacement of the ageing fleet with newly-designed recycling and
rubbish trucks that can collect more materials in future.
It will also bring
forward tenders for the new “Recycle More” long-term kerbside waste collections
contract, with extra recycling materials taken every week and three-weekly
introduction of Recycle More starting in 2020 aligns it closely with Somerset’s
switch from landfill rubbish burial to the better option of generating energy
from waste at a facility being built in Avonmouth by contractor Viridor.
SWP is accountable
to the Somerset Waste Board (SWB), whose 12 councillors – two from each partner
authority – take all major decisions, including the timing of changes and
contracts. SWB chair Cllr Derek Yeomans said: “Our services are a vital
provision for every household; these coordinated changes will improve services
for all residents in Somerset and are designed both to raise recycling rates
and to ensure very significant economies of scale.”
Partnership managing director Mickey Green said: “This is a time to take major
steps forward, improving services for Somerset residents, while also saving
them money and improving the environment. “This timetable for investment,
services and disposal ensures the maximum efficiency, greatest savings and the
best possible waste solution for Somerset. It is a crucial part of our plan to
support people in Somerset to waste far less and recycle even more.”