Author: Mark Ford

Garden waste collections suspended for six weeks


Thursday 29 July – Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is suspending garden waste collections for six weeks from Monday 2 August, it has announced today (Thursday 29 July). SWP has reluctantly made the decision so staff can be redeployed to support rubbish and recycling collections. Waste authorities in many parts of the country have taken similar…

Missed recycling? We’ll be back next collection day


Sunday 25 July – The national driver shortage and rising Covid self-isolation is further delaying recycling collections, Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has warned. Crews have been trying to return within the usual two working days for missed weekly recycling collections. But staffing pressures heightened by the ‘Pingdemic’ mean that is not possible, unless the collection…

What to do with recycling if your collection is delayed


Monday 19 July – If your weekly collection is missed and delayed, you will need to store more recycling and have it for longer. Here are some ideas (not instructions or advice) for how to manage this extra waste – making more space, storing materials or dealing with stuff that has got to go. All…

Missed collections: report online and please bear with us


12 July – Residents are urged to report missed collections online as disruption continues for Somerset’s waste services. The nationwide driver shortage and local pressures have seen delays to Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) waste collections in recent weeks. There have been improvements but still too many collections are being missed and crews cannot always return…

Recycle More up and running in South Somerset


Monday 5 July – South Somerset’s new recycling regime is up and running, with Recycle More collecting tonnes more recycling in its first week. Although very early days, last week’s initial collections suggest most people in the district are putting out the new materials in the right container and on the right day. Unfortunately, the…

Out by 6am please, says SWP


Monday 28 June – Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is asking residents across the county to put their recycling and rubbish out by 6am at the latest from now until further notice. The move will allow crews to start early if needed, making life a little easier when the weather gets hot this summer or other pressures…

South Somerset: Ready to Recycle More


Wednesday 23 June – A new era of recycling starts in South Somerset next week with the first Recycle More collections on Monday (28 June). Recent issues with some collections have not delayed the arrival of Somerset Waste Partnership’s (SWP) new service which adds new materials to weekly kerbside recycling. More recycling means less rubbish,…

No quick fix for waste collection problems


Monday 21 June – Delays and disruption to waste collections are likely continue for some time, Somerset Waste Partnership said today (21 June). SWP and its collections contractor SUEZ apologise and are asking for the public to be patient, warning that there is “no quick fix” in the face of an escalating nationwide shortage of…

Ongoing disruption to recycling collections


Thursday 17 June – Any recycling collections that are missed tomorrow will be rescheduled for next Friday, Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has announced. If your recycling is missed tomorrow (Friday 18 June), please put it out again on Friday 25 June. Sort extra materials into containers with your boxes and food bin. Crews are working…