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This month, with the long Easter weekend nearly upon us, we have a reminder of the revised collection days due to the Good Friday and Easter Monday bank holidays.
•    Permits
•    Compost bins
•    Disposal of aerosols
•    Charges for disposing of non-household waste

Cardboard packaged Easter Eggs

Waste services over Easter

Kerbside recycling and refuse collections that would usually occur on Good Friday 14 April will be on Saturday 15 April.  All collections in the week starting Easter Monday 17 April will be one day later, with Friday’s pick-ups moving to Saturday 22 April.

Keep an eye on revised collections by visiting our website so you are not caught out by bank holiday changes over Easter, May and the August bank holidays.

Many of us indulge in Easter treats such as chocolate eggs or cakes over the long weekend.  Please remember to recycle cardboard boxes or (clean) packaging card sleeves as well as foil used to wrap these treats.  It helps if you can scrunch up foil into a ball, so it does not get lost in the recycling process.  You can check if the foil is plastic or metallic, by giving it a scrunch.  If it remains scrunched it is metallic foil and can be recycled, if it springs back, sadly it is made from plastic polymers and cannot.

If you are using the long weekend break to do a spot of spring cleaning around the house or your garden, remember that the recycling centres will be open following their normal schedule.  To check the opening hours of your local site, see http://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/sites/list/

Van, pick-up and trailer permit holders can use open sites on any weekday and 1pm-4pm Saturdays (not Sundays or 8am-1pm Saturdays).  Restrictions continue to apply during the long Easter weekend.

SWP van and trailer permit - keep it visible

IMPORTANT: Get your free permit, bring your permit

Taking household garden waste or other household materials to a recycling site for the first time this spring? Please remember that vans, pick-ups and car-towed single-axle short trailers must have a free permit.

For an instant download or an email to print out or use immediately on your smart device (your plastic permit card will arrive in a few days), it is simple and quick to apply online here: http://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/sites/van-trailer-permits

Check out the full guide, including excluded vehicles and how it affects hire vans, Land Rovers and commercial waste users, here: http://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/sites/van-trailer-permits

Already got a free permit? Always bring it with you and ensure it can be seen on your dashboard, and do remind others about getting and using a permit. Permits are only available to Somerset residents – with a limit of one trailer permit and one van permit per household – and can be used at any open site Monday-Friday and 1pm-4pm Saturdays (not Sundays or 8am-1pm Saturdays).

Using a home compost bin.

New home composting scheme for 2017-18

SWP is continuing the scheme with Getcomposting to provide competitively priced home-composting equipment to Somerset residents via an on-line, telephone or mail order. 

Once again, the price remains £17.98 (RRP £39.00) for the 220l bin and £19.98 (RRP £49.00) for the 330l bin.  We also continue with the “buy one get one half price” offer.  Through the scheme other composting equipment and digesters as well as competitively priced water butts are available.  For full details, including the delivery charge see www.getcomposting.com

Old aerosol tins ready for recycling

Do not bin that old aerosol tin

Empty aerosols that once contained deodorant, cleaning sprays, air fresheners, personal grooming and hair styling products are all recyclable through the kerbside service.

Aerosols are either made from tinplated steel or aluminium, so we accept them in our box collection scheme. Simply remove any plastic lids or any easily removal parts and pop them in your black recycling box. Do not pierce or squash aerosols.

If you need replacement or additional recycling boxes, please order these free of charge via www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/containers

Payment for non-household waste disposal

If you wish to dispose of hardcore, soil, tyres, or gas bottles you can check the correct price list at http://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/sites/conditions/charges/

Please ensure you are able to make the right payment. Payment by credit or debit cards is preferred. Cash is currently accepted at all sites except Chard and Taunton. Receipts will be issued.

Residents wishing to dispose of domestically-generated vehicle parts can check the rates and locations of sites accepting this material stream at http://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/sites/conditions/vehicle-part-recycling-disposal/

Residents wishing to dispose of plasterboard or asbestos can find details of the prices and which sites accept these materials at

You must pay to dispose of plasterboard or asbestos in advance, including those paying for the asbestos household collection service, and adhere to the safety requirements when dealing with these materials.  For advice see the SWP website.

Finally, if you are new to the area, please be advised that our two community recycling sites, which are Crewkerne in South Somerset and Dulverton in West Somerset, have a £2 access fee.  The charge was introduced in 2011 to prevent these smaller less well used sites from closing. 

More on Somerset Waste Partnership, our services and preventing waste

See our website for lots more information on waste and recycling services and what more you can to do to reduce, reuse and recycle. Contact your local council customer services helpline if you need assistance with our services.
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