Author: Nick Cater

Bright Blue Bags on their way – leaflets coming, too


Sunday 17 October – Delivery of new recycling containers started in Taunton Deane from Monday 18 October ahead of the launch of Recycle More at the beginning of November. The Bright Blue Bags are being delivered over the next two weeks – 18-31 October – by teams following the Somerset Waste Partnership recycling collection crews….

Popular Recycle More is recycling (a lot) more …


Friday 24 September 2021 – Somerset’s new Recycle More service has already delivered thousands of extra tonnes of recycling and proved extremely popular among residents using it, councillors heard today.  Launched in Mendip in October last year and South Somerset at the end of June, it is estimated that the expanded weekly collections have produced…

Somerset call to Step It Up against climate change


Friday 17 September 2021 – Families in Somerset are being urged to “Step It Up” against climate change next week. The call for residents to build on their growing recycling success is part of the 18th national annual Recycle Week from Monday 20 September to Sunday 26 September. Recycle Week will celebrate the county’s recycling…

Summer Bank Holiday collections one day later


Thursday 26 August 2021 – No collections on the Summer Bank Holiday Monday 30 August mean recycling and rubbish services are one day later all week, including Friday pick-ups on Saturday 4 September. The changes affect collections of recycling and refuse, as well as assisted collections. Residents should sort and segregate materials, ensure no recycling…

‘No change’ as Biffa takes over Viridor-run recycle sites


Wednesday 25 August 2021 – Waste firm Biffa is taking over Somerset’s 16 recycle sites from Viridor, which has managed them for Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) for many years. Customers will see little or no change except for site signage, said SWP Managing Director Mickey Green. Biffa is also acquiring Viridor’s anaerobic digestion plant near…

£1,000 sign-on bonus for waste drivers


10 August 2021 – Somerset’s waste collection contractor, SUEZ, is offering a £1,000 welcome bonus for professional LGV drivers joining its workforce as full-time permanent staff. The new incentive reflects tough competition in Somerset, where the national Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) driver shortage is more acute due to many distribution hubs in and near the…

Service update: Monday 14 June


Monday 14 June – Somerset is still having some delays to waste collections despite extra effort by many crews today and over the weekend. Crews worked throughout Saturday in considerable heat, picking up almost all the outstanding collections, leaving a few to be completed today and Tuesday in Taunton and parts of the south and…

Service update: Saturday 12 June


Saturday 12 June – A special effort today Saturday by crews across Somerset has seen significant progress in reducing the number of delayed collections following recent service disruptions. Twin operations saw return collections today for the recycling usually taken on Tuesdays from Sedgemoor, while other crews collected garden waste today that had been missed recently…

Service update: Friday 11 June


Friday 11 June – Crews have continued their progress in restoring collections following recent service disruptions but there have been some delayed pick-ups today. We have no reports of delayed collections from Mendip, but crews will be returning tomorrow for garden waste from a number of South Somerset villages, and recycling from some homes in…

Service update: Thursday 10 June


Thursday 10 June – Crews have stepped up their efforts to restore collections following recent service disruptions but there may still be a small number of delayed collections today. We have no reports of delayed collections from Mendip, Somerset West and Taunton, or South Somerset. In Sedgemoor, the truck collecting rubbish from Polden Hills villages…