Year: 2021

Delays to some collections


Tuesday 18 January – After a difficult period, collection services are back on track. Crews are working extremely hard at what remains a difficult time due to heightened Covid-related absence. We continue to ask for everyone’s patience and support. With more than 350,000 collections a week, some delays can and do happen for a variety…

Log on for charity Christmas tree collections


Wednesday 29 December – Somerset residents can log on now for a charity collection of their real Christmas tree. Several charities offer kerbside tree collections in return for a donation, making it an easy way to say goodbye your festive fir while raising money for good causes. These include: Dorothy House Hospice Care, covering the…

Sedgemoor and West Somerset: Get ready to Recycle More


Monday 20 December – Recycling is set to soar in Sedgemoor and West Somerset early next year with the arrival of Recycle More. The expanded weekly recycling collections from Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is scheduled to be launched to more than 70,000 households across the area at the end of February. This timetable will be…

Help ease collection pressures this festive fortnight


Friday 17 December – Somerset Waste Partnership is urging residents to help ease the pressure on Christmas collections amid concerns about potential Covid disruption. Recycling and rubbish collections are currently working fine, but SWP fears they could be affected if staffing levels suffer because of the rising infection rate. Christmas is always a busy period…

Plan ahead for festive collections


Wednesday 15 December – Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is asking residents to think ahead this festive fortnight to make sure they do not miss any waste collections. Public holidays always mean a change to collection days over Christmas and New Year. And with heavy festive loads and most of the county now on three-weekly rubbish…

SWP fleet powers-up with electric truck


Wednesday 8 December – A green rubbish collection revolution is quietly underway for the Somerset Waste Partnership as it takes on its first electric collection truck. After a successful three-month trial in the Bridgwater area, an electric refuse vehicle has been bought and will be used on routes across the county. Mendip District Council is…

Recycle More progress continues in Mendip and South Somerset


Wednesday 8 December – Expanded recycling collections in Mendip and South Somerset have delivered thousands of extra tonnes of recycling, councillors heard today (8 December). Best estimates are that in the 52 weeks since it launched last October, Recycle More has collected more than 5,600 tonnes of extra recycling, including more than 1,000 extra tonnes…

Get ready to reduce and recycle this festive season


Friday 3 December – Know how to wrap responsibly? Ready to recycle your Pringles tubes? Clued-up on Christmas collection days? The answer to these and other Christmas conundrums can be found in a one-stop shop for festive waste management guidance available here www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/festive The festive season generates a huge amount of waste, and residents are…

Think outside the box and cut the card this Christmas


Monday 29 November – Festive shoppers are asked to think outside the box this year as figures reveal the scale of Somerset’s the cardboard culture.   The cardboard collected from the average Somerset home has increased by more than a third compared with pre-Covid levels, as more people than ever shopping online. Nearly 16,800 tonnes were…

Hands up for green school grants


Monday 22 November – Schools across Somerset are urged to put their hands up for the first ever Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) eco-school grants. As part of its commitment to encouraging waste reduction, reuse and recycling, SWP is offering grants of £500 to up to 50 schools to help them participate in the Eco Schools…