Somerset Waste Partnership is the local authority team managing waste and recycling services for Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and West Somerset District Councils, Taunton Deane Borough Council and Somerset County Council. We work for all six local authorities and report to Somerset Waste Board, which consists of two elected representatives from each of the six councils.
Local authorities in Somerset have been working together to develop waste services since 1992 through a joint forum called Somerset Waste Partnership. In October 2007 this co-operation was taken a major step further when Somerset became the first county-wide area to combine waste service functions under a single joint committee of Councillors from all Somerset local authorities.
Funding continues to be provided by each local authority partner for their services, with district councils responsible for kerbside collections and the county council for recycling sites and waste disposal.
Somerset Waste Partnership now jointly manages and plans waste collection, recycling and disposal services for all 239,000 Somerset homes, aiming to increase recycling levels towards 70% per cent and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
Moving to the new Somerset Waste Partnership was a big step in improving and harmonising recycling and waste services across Somerset and making significant efficiency savings – worth over £1.5m every year – through working as a partnership.
If you have queries about your recycling and waste collections, please contact your local council Customer Services Centre.
Somerset’s main contractors for waste collection, recycling and disposal services are May Gurney Recycling CIC and Viridor.
May Gurney, provide recycling and refuse collections throughout Somerset. Across the UK, May Gurney runs recycling services which are used by over 2 million people.
Viridor operates Recycling Centres, composting facilities and landfill disposal sites in Somerset. As one of the UK’s leading resource and waste management companies they work with more than 30 local authorities and thousands of private customers.