The Spring May Bank Holiday on 30 May brings collection day changes for every household in Somerset.
No collections on Bank Holiday Monday 30 May mean kerbside services in that week are all one day later, including Friday pick-ups on Saturday 4 June. That includes rubbish and recycling, and assisted, clinical and garden waste collections.
Recycling sites remain on their usual schedules throughout the week, including all sites opening on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.
On Saturday, all 16 sites open at 8am and close at 4pm; on Sunday, the “Big5” sites – Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead, Taunton and Yeovil – are open 8am-4pm, while the other 11 are open 8am-1pm; and on Monday, the Big5 sites are open 8am-4pm, while the other 11 are open 8am to “latenite” 7pm.
Recycling sites will be busy over the weekend so if it is possible, especially if you use a horsebox, double-axle trailer or large van with twin rear tyres, dodge the queues by going at a usually quieter time.
These less busy times are: Monday 8am-10am (16 sites), Monday 4pm-7pm (11 sites), Tuesday-Wednesday 8am-10am (12 sites) or Thursday-Friday 8am-10am (nine sites).
Buying garden furniture, white goods or big electrical items packed in lots of cardboard over the bank holiday weekend? Remember to flatten all card and put out for kerbside collection no more than the equivalent of two recycling boxes full.
Fast rising levels of cardboard mean that the card chamber on recycling trucks can quickly get full, giving crews the choice of leaving card behind to continue collecting other items, or trundling back to the depot to drop off the card and risk late or missed collections on their recycling route.
To avoid missed card or missed collections, you could consider:
- If your purchase is not fragile, taking it away unpacked, leaving the card at the supermarket, garden centre or other store.
- If it is delivered, getting the crew who brought the item to take away all the packaging.
- If you have storage, put out some card each week until it is all gone.
- If you have time and transport, take all recycling except food waste to a recycling site.
After 30 May, the next bank holiday will be on Monday Monday 29 August, with all collections in that week one day later, including Friday pick-ups on Saturday 3 September.