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  1. Blaze danger: don’t start a bonfire in your rubbish bin

    Families planning Guy Fawkes Night celebrations are being urged to stop discarded ash or fireworks turning their rubbish bin into a dangerous blaze. Somerset has seen a series of rubbish-linked fires in recent months and years, each one almost certainly due to residents inadvertently throwing away high risk items into their bin or black sacks. […]

  2. Somerset residents mark decades of waste progress

    With every can, bottle and apple core they recycle this week, Somerset residents are marking a significant double anniversary. It is two decades since all six Somerset councils – five districts and the county – formally agreed to jointly drive forward an environmental agenda to help households waste less, recycle more and save money. And […]

  3. Looking for a new job? Full-time work on offer now

    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, is looking for reliable women and men interested in a job with […]

  4. Fly-tipping lands Somerset man in jail with a £280 bill

    A Somerset man who fly-tipped waste over his garden fence into a back lane spent a night in jail for not dealing with a fine for the crime – and left court with a bill for £280. Unemployed father-of-two Marcus Jones, aged 25, was arrested and held overnight after he failed to appear for a […]

  5. Look good, feel good – add recycling to your routine

    Whether the morning routine is a quick shower or a slow bath, the cleanest people in Somerset can look good and feel good by raising their bathroom recycling rate. New research by the Recycle Now campaign for Recycle Week – 25 September to 1 October – revealed that just 52% of bathroom items, from empty […]

  6. Eco-education group marks 21st by going underground

    The Somerset-based eco charity which has transformed 100 acres of capped landfill into a species-rich nature reserve, Carymoor Environmental Trust, has celebrated its 21st anniversary with an event attended by guests including Glastonbury Festival organiser and committed environmentalist Michael Eavis. Mr Eavis joined the Carymoor team’s anniversary event and wanted to promote the important work […]

  7. Bank Holiday Monday means all change for your waste

    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 […]

  8. ‘Cards only’ switch as all recycling sites go cash-free

    Somerset’s 16 recycling sites will switch to operate cash-free and cheque-free from Friday 1 September with almost all payments taken only on credit, debit and charge cards. The only exceptions will be the £2 entry fees for Crewkerne and Dulverton community recycling sites, which will continue to be in cash, and paying at the Reuse […]

  9. Aerosols, barbecues, batteries bring risk of bin blaze

    Gadget users are being urged “don’t bin that battery” and to take other steps to avoid the risk of setting off a blaze in their rubbish bin that could endanger their home and family. They are among a range of materials – including the remains of portable barbecues, aerosols, broken glass and the contents of […]

  10. Success of vehicle permits brings full weekend access

    Somerset’s vehicle permits scheme has proved so successful that councillors have, after carefully listening to the views of users, decided to relax it to allow vans, pick-ups and car-towed trailers access whenever recycling sites are open. Established last year, the scheme allowed permit vehicles to use open recycling sites at any time on weekdays but […]