Author: Nick Cater

Go ahead for Recycle More phased roll-out


31 July 2020: Much more recycling each week and far less waste will be the result of a decision today to roll out the expanded Recycle More kerbside collection service. The service will start in phases, with all of Mendip from the end of October, all of South Somerset next summer, and Sedgemoor and Somerset…

Recycle More awaits green light


UPDATE: On 31 July, Somerset Waste Board agreed a new timetable for the introduction of Recycle More. News on that here. The service will be launched in October 2020 in MENDIP ONLY, coming to the rest of the county in three phases over the following 18 months. Our information on Recycle More will be updated and expanded….

Work available now with Somerset Waste Partnership


Customer Service Officer Part Time Salary: £19,171 – £21,166 pro-rata Closing date: Friday July 31st, 2020 5:00pm Somerset PART-TIME FIXED TERM/SECONDMENT OPPORTUNITY 6-month fixed term/secondment – until January 2021 to cover Maternity Leave Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) was established in 2007 to manage waste services on behalf of all Councils in Somerset. SWP manages waste…

Hazardous waste warning as crew member has lucky escape


A warning has been issued after a Somerset crew member collecting household waste was splashed with a hazardous liquid left in a rubbish bin. Very fortunately, the crew member from contractor SUEZ is safe as the hazardous liquid only ended up on their uniform during the incident (see picture). A SUEZ colleague said: “This is…

All materials taken at 16 recycling sites


All materials are now being taken at Somerset’s 16 recycling sites, although “shop-style” safety restrictions remain. Expect long delays; only visit if really necessary. Materials taken include those with charges (tyres, gas bottles, soil and hardcore, vehicle parts), and those requiring advance online payment (asbestos, plasterboard). For now, please store, sell or give away items…

Hold on to your clothes, or lose them to landfill


Somerset is being asked to hold on to its unwanted clothes and textiles to make sure they don’t end up in landfill. Somerset Waste Partnership is committed to making sure everything it collects that can be recycled, is recycled and recycled close to home. Last year more than 92% of Somerset’s recycling stayed in the…

A dozen ways to help your crew help you get rid of waste


Updated 1 June 2020   As we all stay home and create hundreds of tonnes of extra recycling each week, we can help hard-pressed collection crews cope, despite many of their colleagues self-isolating and so unable to work. In no particular order… Reduce waste where you can. To cut food waste, lots of tips here: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/tackling-food-waste/ Tell…

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Disposing of waste


Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Disposing of waste – Official advice Public Health England has advice for anyone with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), including those with a diagnosis of infection, who must remain at home until they are well. Personal waste (e.g. used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These…

Co-op boosts Slim My Waste, Feed My Face drive


Co-op stores are throwing their high street weight behind the new Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) food recycling initiative Slim My Waste, Feed My Face. A dozen Co-op stores in Somerset have come on board with the successful Slim My Waste, Feed My Face campaign to help families to recycle more food waste by giving out…

Serious success for fun food waste recycling drive


Somerset’s fun new food waste recycling campaign is already driving up recycling rates and prompting a jump in demand for food waste bins. Although Slim My Waste, Feed My Face has only reached half the county, food waste recycling in campaign areas has soared by around 30%. And families have demanded 8,500 free new food…