SORTED! October 2017 e-newsletter
This month we are seeking crew members for our kerbside collections service plus:
• A reminder of the September introduction for card payments at recycling sites
• Do you need your assisted collection?
• Preventing waste this autumn
• Recycling from a child’s bedroom
• Carymoor heads "underground"
• What’s happening with Waste Not Somerset
• Get that guide in the Your Somerset newspaper
Recruiting now – drivers and loaders wanted
Working in the recycling industry means doing a job that keeps you fit, helps the environment, gets you home with plenty of the day left to spare and pays good rates. It is hard work but rewarding work.
Right now our contractor, Kier are looking for reliable women and men interested in a job with a future. For the right people there is plenty of scope for career progression, including paid training to become a qualified truck driver if you fit the bill. If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please contact Kier on 0845 467 5901.
Card-only payment at all recycling sites
All of Somerset’s 16 recycling sites have switched to operate cash-free and cheque-free, with payment now being taken for disposal charges using only credit, debit and charge cards.
There are only three exceptions. Entry for Crewkerne and Dulverton community recycling sites remains, with a £2 cash entry fee. Cash payments can be made at the Taunton (Priorswood) Reuse shop.
Remember to take your chosen card for payment at sites if you are planning to dispose of non-household waste items, including gas bottles, hardcore and tyres, or wish to purchase “Revive” soil conditioner. The 10 sites which take paid-for resident’s vehicle parts or paid-for commercial waste also require card payment.
Pre-payments for domestic asbestos and plasterboard are still required via the SWP website before taking any essential safety steps and arranging to which site the materials should be taken.
For full details relating to payments, please visit our website – http://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/
Got a ‘helpful pick-up’ letter?
A review of the assisted collection service is underway. Thousands of letters have been sent to those who have waste containers picked up and returned to an agreed point by their home, rather than from the kerbside.
More than 5,500 households have the enhanced service, which aims to be a helpful pick-up for those who find it hard to move waste containers and have no one who can help them. The review is carried out every few years, although only those who have had the service for more than six months are contacted.
If you have had a letter, please complete the form it contains and return it as soon as possible, or fill in the form online – details in the letter – to continue the service.
Do not be an autumn waster
Autumn is a great time to cut down household waste. Shops tempt us to buy more than we need to mark All Hallows’ Eve, Bonfire Night, Black Friday (24 November) and Cyber Monday (27 November). Do you really need to buy new each year?
Rather than purchasing one-off plastic decorations and spooky costumes, challenge yourself to transform the items you already own to make Halloween fun. The internet is a fantastic resource for tips and ideas for making reused costumes from “junk”. Search charity shops for pre-loved clothing which can be transformed into costumes for all the family. But if this seems like a tailoring challenge too far and you need advice on sewing, simply visit http://loveyourclothes.org.uk/
If you are serving food at your party, visit http://www.lovefoodhatewaste for ideas for waste and cash saving recipes to use the flesh and seeds from pumpkins. And do not forget, once the party is over, to either home compost or dispose of your pumpkin shell in your kerbside food waste bin.
Cutting down waste from a child’s bedroom
Following our look around the garden in the last Sorted e-newsletter, let us take a look at what we can do to reduce waste from the average children’s bedroom as families may be de-cluttering and tiding up during the half-term holiday.
Donate or sell
• Undamaged toys the children are now too old to play with. Your local toy library may be interested in these.
• If there is not a toy library near you and you have friends with children of similar ages, why not start an informal toy library so you can rotate toys and share what you have instead of all buying new? Alternatively, look on Freegle or Freecycle or other buy or swap sites. These sites are especially useful if you are looking for a home for larger garden play equipment.
• Wearable clothing can be donated to charity via clothing banks or you can have a small stall selling unwanted children’s clothing at car boot sales, jumble sales or charity nearly new sales such as those run by National Childbirth Trust.
Recycle at the kerbside
• Clean but unwanted clothing can be collected on the kerbside - and you can recycle the cardboard tags from new purchases too. We also accept clothing which cannot be reused, such as ripped items, odd socks, items with broken zips or missing buttons, as these can be recycled into cleaning cloths etc. For more information see our End Use Register.
• We also accept old towels, blankets, sheets, curtains and covers, but not stuffed items such as duvets, quilts or pillows.
• Old comics and paper-based colouring books.
• Drink cans and plastic bottles.
• Food waste – if you have a fussy eater, do not put food waste in your general refuse bin but use the weekly kerbside service instead.
Recycle at a recycling site
• Broken electrical devices such as old games consoles, mp3 players, stereos or TVs.
A journey back in time
“Going Underground” is a new interactive display that the Carymoor charity has developed to show its visitors the history of the landfill site at Dimmer, near Castle Cary. Carymoor provides environmental education to around 100 schools that visit the site each year and has transformed 100 acres of capped landfill into a nature reserve. In addition to the restored area, visitors can see the current tipping face and watch refuse lorries emptying their loads. This has always powerfully communicated the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” message.
Carymoor wanted to find a way to keep alive the story of what lies beneath the surface of the landfill after it closes (currently scheduled for 2020). The landfill started in 1970 and since that time has taken many thousands of tonnes of waste from Somerset households. The “Going Underground” tunnel display shows this story with a cross-section of landfill from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s, showing how what we throw away has changed. From cassettes to mp3 players, space hoppers to PlayStations, rotary telephones to mobile phones, wicker baskets to plastic carrier bags, “Going Underground” shows how tastes and values have changed. Objects can be removed from the display so you can, for instance, see how much heavier a bottle from the 1970s is compared to a modern bottle. The display was put together by Bristol-based Amalgam Models although Carymoor staff and friends managed to find many of the items for the display lurking in their attics.
Waste Not Somerset
Waste Not Somerset is a Facebook group developed by SWP to be a useful forum for waste minimisation promotion across the county.
It gives local individuals and community organisations a wider platform to promote their waste prevention ideas, activities, efforts and events beyond their own immediate community to a wider audience. SWP continues to promote this facility via its own SWP Facebook page.
Do take a look and do post your waste reduction schemes, activities and events.
Your Somerset newsletter – autumn edition
Have you spotted your SWP “pull-out and keep” insert in the autumn edition of Somerset County Council’s Your Somerset residents’ newsletter?
This handy guide provides information for all householders on the services provided by Somerset Waste Partnership and is tailored to each district.
To view Your Somerset electronically, please visit https://somersetnewsroom.com/category/your-somerset/
How to waste less, recycle more and save money
See our website for more on waste and recycling services and how you can reduce, reuse and recycle. For help, contact your local council customer services helpline.
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