Author: Mark Ford

Disposing of sandbags/gel bags


If you are using sandbags/gel floodbags to protect your home from flooding, please dispose of them appropriately. Where possible, sandbags and gel bags should be dried out for reuse. The best way to do this is to raise them off the ground whilst drying to help prevent mould forming. If this is not possible, the…

Somerset switches on to repair and reuse


Wednesday 18 January – Somerset’s Fixy project is successfully switching more people on to the idea of repair and reuse of electricals, a survey has found. More than 90% of Fixy event attendees who completed the survey said they were ‘very’ or ‘quite’ likely’ to get something repaired for reuse. More than 60% said they felt…

New soft seating skips at Somerset sites


Tuesday 17 January – Saying “so long” to an old sofa? Somerset’s recycling sites now have a separate skip for disposal of upholstered home furniture. New government regulations mean that recycling sites across the UK have to handle ‘upholstered household seating’ separately from other waste. This includes sofas, sofa beds, armchairs, kitchen and dining room…

Thanks to Fixy


Friday 23 December – More than 2,000 people have been introduced to the world of repair and reuse thanks to Somerset’s Fixy project. And dozens of Ukrainian refugees and other good causes have received reused tech including laptops, phones in the first seven months of the project. Fixy is a granted-funded initiative run by Somerset Waste…

Make a date with your festive collections


Monday 12 December – Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is asking residents to plan ahead and be ready for changes to collections this festive fortnight. Public holidays always mean a change to collection days over Christmas and New Year. Heavy festive loads and three-weekly rubbish collections make it extra important not to miss yours. And, with…

Plastic beasts and where to find them


Tuesday 29 November – Two stunning school sculptures are getting used to their new surroundings after being rehomed by Somerset’s waste collectors. The eye-catching angler fish and octopus are made entirely from plastic milk bottle tops, created by pupils at Lyngford Park Primary School in Taunton as part of recycling project. The fantastic plastic beasts…

Collections update


UPDATE Monday 23 January – Some collections due today in parts of Mendip and South Somerset will be delayed until tomorrow due to staffing issues. We apologise for the inconvenience. Crews are returning today for collections missed on Saturday (originally scheduled for Fri 20 Jan) in villages in the Frome, Wells and Shepton Mallet area….

Fixy donations go full circle


Thursday 17 November – Ukrainian refugees and other good causes are already benefiting from tech donated through the Fixy initiative. As well as supporting Somerset’s network of repair groups, Fixy has been collecting unwanted tech items at events and from businesses across the county. Thanks to project partner DonateIT, donated items are data wiped, refurbished…

Glastonbury Abbey joins the Fixy fan club


Thursday 3 November – Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is urging businesses across the county to fix a date with the Fixy repair and reuse initiative. Glastonbury Abbey has become the latest organisation to let the project breathe new life into its unwanted tech. Fixy is a joint initiative helping bring the repair and reuse of…