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No collections take place on Bank Holiday Monday 28 August, which means recycling and rubbish collections are all one day later during the week, including Friday pick-ups on Saturday 2 September.
The changes affect collections of recycling, refuse, garden waste, as well as clinical waste and assisted collections.
Residents should sort and segregate recycling, ensure nothing that could be recycled – especially food – is in the rubbish bin and put all waste containers out by 7am.
All kerbside collections return to their usual schedules from Monday 4 September.
All recycling centres and community recycling sites remain on their usual timetables, with five – Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead, Taunton and Yeovil – open 8am-4pm seven days a week, and 11 open five days a week, including Saturday 8am-4pm, Sunday 8am-1pm and Bank Holiday Monday 8am-7pm.
If you forget to put out your recycling or rubbish on the changed day, your options include, if you have space, storing materials until your next collection or, if you have time and transport, or have a friend, neighbour or family member who can help, taking all rubbish and recycling to any open recycling site.
Following the recent relaxation of weekend hours for permit holders, customers with permits for vans, pick-ups, campervans, minibuses and car-towed trailers can use any recycling site, when open, at any time on weekdays, weekends and bank holidays.
Recent years have seen a number of waste-related incidents, including fires in rubbish bins, refuse trucks and landfill sites, and even blaze deaths. Yet all batteries can be recycled.
Many outlets, from most supermarkets to DIY and electrical stores, take batteries for recycling, and while not yet collected at the kerbside, batteries are taken at all Somerset recycling sites.
A Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) spokesman said: “Batteries are a real fire risk in your rubbish, especially the high power li-ion type, so recycling is the smart and safe option.”
“And, since single-use batteries are a very costly and inefficient power source, better to use the mains or invest in rechargeable batteries to save money, resources and time.”
Batteries are among several waste fire hazards that should not be added to rubbish, including:
Hot ash from fires or barbecues, or the not fully extinguished contents of ashtrays; these must be damped down fully or allowed to cool completely.
Broken glass that can act as a magnifying lens in landfill if not carefully wrapped.
Aerosols that can get hot or be pierced or crushed during collection and landfilling.
As well as recycling all batteries, the advice is simple in each case:
Let ash, portable barbecues and the contents of ashtrays completely cool, or fully damp them down with water.
Carefully wrap and bag broken glass, which should never go in recycling boxes.
Use up aerosols completely, do not squash, discard the caps and tops, and then add to your recycling boxes.
The SWP spokesman added: “Of course, single-use batteries are a very costly and inefficient way to power many devices. Far better is to work electrical equipment off the mains or, if portability is essential, rechargeable batteries are an excellent investment, saving money, resources and time.”
One neat way to collect batteries is to make a “battery box” out of an empty and dry small plastic milk bottle. Leave the top on, cut a hole in the side away from the handle, add batteries as they become spent, and then take them with you when next going to a recycling site or supermarket.
Check here for more about what to recycle, where and how.