Waste advice on Glastonbury traffic, and the heat

Residents in Mendip with waste collections during the Glastonbury Festival – Tuesday 20 June to Monday 26 June – are being urged to take early action to guard against disruption.

Last year’s traffic delays and the knock-on impact on recycling and rubbish trucks caused missed or delayed collections for thousands of homes over several days for miles around the festival site.

While the festival is making efforts to avoid traffic problems, its new security arrangements and the hot weather affecting both vehicles and crews are additional factors that could lead to waste delays.

While no changes to collections are planned, householders are being given clear advice:

A SWP spokesman said: “Festival traffic trouble in 2016 caused waste disruption for thousands of families, so extra care this year is a good idea.

“Putting waste out the night before or, if you have time and transport, taking it to a recycling site – sorted in advance – are both easy ways to ensure you get rid of recycling and rubbish.

“Full details of services, recycling sites and latest news can be found at somersetwaste.gov.uk.”

Among the recycling sites accessible to residents around the Glastonbury Festival are:

  • * Frome, open seven days a week, 8am-4pm.
  • * Castle Cary, Cheddar and Street, open Monday 8am-7pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 8am-4pm, and Sunday, 8am-1pm.
  • * Somerton and Wells, open Monday 8am-7pm, Thursday, Fridays, Saturday 8am-4pm, and Sunday, 8am-1pm.

Collections usually continue until 4pm but may be later during the festival if there are traffic delays or diversions.

If put out correctly and your waste has been missed, contact your local council customer services team to arrange a return collection, which is usually made within two working days.