Recycle More trials

Trials to test the collection of additional materials for recycling were launched in September 2014 on selected rounds in parts of Taunton, Wellington and Wiveliscombe.

The additional materials collected were: plastic pots, tubs and trays; beverage cartons, such as Tetra Paks; small electrical appliances; and household batteries.

End of the trials and last collections

Three main trial options were tested with different collection frequencies. The last trial collections for each option were on usual collection days in the following weeks:

Recycle More Trial 1 with weekly recycling and fortnightly refuse (Taunton’s Rowbarton, Deane Drive and Hillyfields areas) – last trial collections were during week commencing 1 December 2014.

Recycle More Trial 2 with fortnightly dry recycling and fortnightly refuse (Wellington’s Longforth Road, Holyoake Street and Waterloo Road areas, and Taunton’s Waterleaze and Thames Drive areas) – last trial collections were during the weeks commencing 8 and 15 December 2014 (the last trials are on the week when you do not have a refuse collection).

Recycle More Trial 3 with weekly recycling and refuse every three weeks (Wiveliscombe and Langley Marsh) – last trial collection were on 2 December 2014.

Notifications with full details were posted to all households on trial rounds during the week before the last trial collection.

After the trials ended, the additional materials were no longer collected and collection frequencies, which where altered for the trials, returned to previous arrangements with weekly recycling and fortnightly refuse. Download our quick guide to recycling collections after the trials. Recycling after trials (pdf 24 kb)

Continuing to recycle the additional materials
All of the additional trial materials can be taken for recycling to Taunton and Wellington Recycling Centres. New banks for plastic pots, tubs and trays at these sites only are available from 1 December 2014. Facilities to recycle cartons, electrical appliances and batteries were already provided. 

Future developments
Unfortunately, it was not possible to continue collecting the additional materials for recycling in the trial areas. This is due to the costs that would be incurred using current collection vehicles and materials handling at depots.

Findings from the trials will be reported to local councillors on Somerset Waste Board during 2015. These and other studies will help to decide future collection arrangements.

Thank you
Somerset Waste Partnership thanks all residents on the trials for testing the different arrangements and providing feedback. A lot will be learned from the trials that will be very helpful in helping to shape decisions on future services.

For more information on the results of the Recycle More trials see:

Somerset Waste Board Reports

Somerset Waste Board report, 19 June 2015 – Agenda Item 11 – Towards a New Service Model for Collection.

Somerset Waste Board report, 18 December 2015 – Agenda Item 7 – see Appendix C – on New Service Model for Future Collections.

Somerset Waste Board report, 21 October 2016 – Agenda Item 5 Recycle More Update and Impact Assessment.

Somerset Waste Board report, 16 December 2016 – Agenda Item 8 Recycle More


SWP web posts

27/01/2016 – New recycle items planned to slim your rubbish bin.

04/09/2015 – Waste trials show residents keen to recycle more.

20/08/2015 – Trials success boosts recycling and cuts waste.

Also of interest may be:

13/07/2015 – Food waste recycling jumps 20% in trial

18/03/2015 – Project to recycle more food waste.