Important: Recycling sites network open on winter hours

Author: Nick Cater

Recycling sites stay open for essential use


5 January 2021 – Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) plans to keep the county’s 16 recycling sites open on standard winter hours for essential use during the latest COVID-19 national lockdown. Government guidance has clarified that people can visit recycling sites as they are an essential service. SWP is asking people to only visit sites if…

Give problem parking a festive break


Waste bosses and fire chiefs are asking Somerset motorists to put the brakes on problem parking this festive season. The COVID-driven rise in home working has meant more access issues for collection trucks and fire engines as space on residential streets is at a premium. And with the usual seasonal parking pressures on the way,…

Festive shoppers: think outside the box


18 November 2020 – Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is asking online shoppers to think outside the box this month. With COVID lockdown closing all but essential shops and Christmas and Black Friday coming soon, mass online shopping looks likely to generate tonnes of extra cardboard packaging. Cardboard is recycled from the kerb every week, but producing…

Week one figures just the ticket for Recycle More


10 November 2020 – The first week of Mendip’s new Recycle More service generated an extra 38 tonnes of recycling, initial figures have shown. The impressive stats include nine extra tonnes of plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, which equates to roughly 200 cubic metres – more than the size of two double-decker London buses….

COVID lockdown: Recycling sites stay open


2 November 2020 – Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) plans to keep the county’s recycling sites open during the second COVID national lockdown announced at the weekend. As things stand, all 16 sites are expected to stay open on standard winter hours during the month-long restrictions that start on Thursday (5 Nov). Their current safety measures…

Recycle More up and running – only in Mendip


2 November 2020 – A new era in recycling is underway in Mendip, blazing a trail for other parts of Somerset next year. Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is thanking residents across Mendip for getting Recycle More off to a flying start last week. Around 53,000 homes have had their first expanded collections. It is too…

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Advice and service updates


2 November, 2020 – As yet, there are no changes to collections or recycling sites due to the lockdown, although the Reuse Shop at Taunton Recycling Centre will be closed until further notice. All recycling sites are taking all materials.  NOTE: If any kerbside collection is missed, report this via your My Waste Services here. Recycling…

All materials taken at 16 recycling sites


All materials are being taken at Somerset’s 16 recycling sites, which are operating for essential visits only, with full safety rules. Materials taken include all those with charges (tyres, gas bottles, soil and hardcore, vehicle parts), and those requiring advance online payment (asbestos, plasterboard). All sites are open on their usual hours. Visitors must take…

Stay safe and waste less on Bonfire Night


Simple steps can ensure Somerset families have a safe and low-waste bonfire night. As always, it is essential that everyone heeds advice from the fire service and other experts. A key tip is to have buckets of water ready to drench embers and soak used or part-spent fireworks so that none can cause a potentially fatal fire if…