Waste catch-up on Saturday after festival traffic jams

UPDATE for late Friday 24 June: Waste catch-up efforts continue on Saturday

Dedicated waste crews working hard on Thursday and Friday have made a big impact on the collection delays caused by the Glastonbury Festival traffic jams.

But knock-on problems still remain in Mendip. Some parts of Shepton Mallet, Pilton and villages near the A37 going south to the A303, such as Baltonsborough and Lydford-on-Fosse, have had missed collections of rubbish and recycling on Friday and will see catch-up collections from 7am on Saturday.

Residents  awaiting a return pick-up should ensure their recycling and rubbish is well presented – tops off, containers rinsed, everything except glass and aerosols squashed, all card flattened, materials sorted and segregated within boxes – and, in case of delays, left out until late. Details of what can be recycled and how to present it are here.

If you have space, you may prefer to store missed materials until your next collection. If you have time and transport, you may prefer to take recycling and rubbish to a recycling site. All materials except food can be recycled at almost all recycling sites. Details of what is taken where can be found here.

All 16 recycling sites are open on Saturdays 8am-4pm. On Sundays, all 16 recycling sites open at 8am, with the Big5 – Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead, Taunton and Yeovil – open to 4pm and the other 11 open to 1pm. On Mondays, all 16 recycling sites are open from 8am, with the Big5 – Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead, Taunton and Yeovil – open to 4pm but the remaining 11 sites open latenite to 7pm.

Few if any problems are expected on Monday when the Glastonbury exodus begins, as the main working areas for crews from the Evercreech depot, which was badly affected by the earlier traffic jams, are in Frome and Crewkerne, well away from the festival site and so allowing collection vehicles plenty of route options to avoid hold-ups.

For elsewhere in Somerset, the usual advice on service issues, such as missed collections or replacement containers, applies: bypass social media to get things sorted – contact your council’s customer services.


General advice for those living near the festival site: Please continue to present your recycling and waste collections as usual during the Glastonbury Festival.

Once traffic issues are cleared, our collection crews will have access to the villages near the festival site so collections are planned as usual, including refuse, recycling, garden waste, clinical and assisted collections.

Please be aware that collection times may vary due to additional traffic causing delays or parked vehicles causing obstructions.  Please ensure ALL waste, and recycling is at the kerbside by 7am.