Author: Emma-Sophie Gerrish

Plastics pledge marks World Environment Day


A Somerset “Pledge Against Preventable Plastics” has been launched to identify some of the simple practical steps we can all take to cut waste and recycle more. The pledge coincides with the annual World Environment Day, whose theme this year is “Beat Plastic Pollution” with the slogan “If you can’t reuse it, refuse it”. The…

All recycling sites take plastic food pots, tubs and trays


The biggest change to plastics recycling in Somerset in almost a decade is underway at the county’s 16 recycling sites. Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has announced that every recycling site is now taking plastic food pots, tubs and trays – the rigid plastic containers for yoghurt, margarine, fruit and other foods – as well as…

School goes bananas over food waste


The waste of food that has travelled around the world to reach our plates has sent Somerset schoolchildren bananas. Pupils at St Gilda’s Catholic Primary School in Mary Street, Yeovil, were among the first to join the Schools Against Waste programme backed by the six council partners in Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP). Schools Against Waste…

All change for Easter collection days


Easter will bring waste day changes for every household in Somerset. Pick-ups due on Good Friday 30 March will take place on Saturday 31 March, while no collections on Easter Monday 2 April mean all that week’s kerbside services are one day later, including Friday pick-ups on Saturday 7 April. All recycling sites remain on…

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…

August 2017


Bank Holiday Monday means all change for your waste 25/08/2017: 08:49 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…

July 2017


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…