August 2016

August 2016

3 days left … take care at sites on the last weekend

16/08/2016 8:39 am
If visiting a recycling site in Somerset with your household waste you may need a permit depending on the type of vehicle you are using, or if towing a trailer. Please be aware there are restrictions on both vehicle and trailer size.

Permits are only available to Somerset residents. Permits are free and must be taken to site and displayed on each and every visit.

Do I need a permit?

This predominantly depends on the DVLA vehicle classification of your vehicle which can be found by using the link to the DVLA website provided here. Look up your vehicle details and check the classification shown in the line called “Vehicle Type Approval”.

Needs a permit:

  • Vehicles with an ‘N1’ classification, which means ‘designed and constructed for the carriage of goods under 3.5 tonnes’, such as: vans, pick-ups and some Land Rovers.
  • Campervan or minibus with ‘N1’ or ‘M1’ classification.
  • Single-axle trailer of up to three-metre floor length (but only if towed by a car with ‘M1’ classification). Vehicles that require a permit cannot tow a trailer under any circumstances.

Not allowed:

  • Any vehicle with neither ‘M1’ nor ‘N1’ classification,
  • Any Luton van or box van, regardless of classification.
  • Single axle trailer over three-metres floor length;
  • Any multi-axle trailer.
  • Horse box, agricultural vehicle, agricultural trailer.

No permit needed unless towing trailer:

Any vehicle, (except camper vans or minibuses), with M1 classification, which means it was ‘designed and constructed for the carriage of people and comprising no more than 8 seats in addition to the drivers seat’, such as: almost all cars, estates, people carriers and some Land Rovers. Only these vehicles may tow a trailer on to a site.

Vans towing trailers and pick-ups – including Land Rover pick-ups – towing trailers cannot access to sites. There are no exceptions to this condition. Multi-axle trailers cannot access sites. There are no exceptions to this condition.

Permits allow use at open sites during normal operating hours. Permits are only available at Somerset residential addresses.

If you are a business user, you do not need a permit to start or continue using the 10 recycling sites that take paid-for trade waste but check here for details of access and vehicle changes.

The best way to ensure you are up to date about waste services, including the permit scheme and other measures, is to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter, Sorted.

This will have the latest details, information on how to apply for a free permit, and advice for those depositing paid-for commercial waste. You can sign up during the permit application or here, below.

Bank Holiday means all waste collections one day later

14/08/2016 11:47 am 
No collections take place on Bank Holiday Monday 29 August, which means recycling and rubbish collections are all one day later during the week, including Friday pick-ups on Saturday 3 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 nothing that could be recycled – especially food – is in the rubbish bin and put all waste containers out by 7am.

All 16 recycling sites remain on their usual timetables, with five – Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead, Taunton and Yeovil – open 8am-4pm seven days a week, and 11 open five days a week, including Saturday 8am to 4pm, Sunday 8am to 1pm and Bank Holiday Monday 8am to 7pm.

If you forget to put out your recycling or rubbish on the changed day, your options include, if you have space, storing materials until your next collection or, if you have time and transport, or have a friend, neighbour or family member who can help, taking all rubbish and recycling to any open recycling site.

All kerbside collections return to their usual schedules from Monday 5 September.