Year: 2017

All change: more recycling and energy not landfill


Upgrading Somerset’s waste services is moving ahead fast to take even more materials in kerbside recycling and generate electricity from the smaller amounts of rubbish left over. The changes will involve aligning three multi-million pound contracts: for waste collection, rubbish disposal, and a new fleet of refuse and recycling vehicles, all of which currently begin…

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…

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…

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…