Author: Nick Cater

All materials taken at 16 recycling sites


All materials are being taken at Somerset’s 16 recycling sites, although “shop-style” safety restrictions remain. 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 responsibility to keep themselves and others…

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…

Stop Halloween becoming a frightening waste of resources


11 October 2020 – From costumes to the classic pumpkin, there are easy Halloween ways to reduce waste, reuse resources and recycle well. Instead of shop-bought wear-once plastic disguises, have family fun making fearful costumes from old sheets, charity shop bargains, cardboard creations, or swapped garb. And dodge shop-bought e-numbers and sugar for homemade treats….

Recycle More – it’s in the bag


7 October – (MENDIP ONLY) Bright Blue Bags will soon appear on Mendip doorsteps as Recycle More comes closer. The eye-catching new recycling containers are a pivotal part of the expanded service being introduced to all of Mendip (only) by Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) at the end of October. They will hold some of the…

Recycle More guide is on its way


30 September 2020 – Vital information about Recycle More will be landing on Mendip doormats from next week. The striking orange and blue leaflets contain key details about collection days and how to recycle once Somerset Waste Partnership’s new service arrives at the end of October. Recycle More will see more recycling collected from the kerbside…

Recycling sites on winter hours 1 October to 31 March


1 October 2020 – Somerset’s 16 recycling sites are on their winter timetables from Thursday 1 October, with 9am-5pm weekday opening hours while weekends remain 9am-4pm. With an impressive average recycling rate of well over 77%, Somerset’s network of recycling sites is open every day of the year except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New…

Keep up the good work this Recycle Week


16 September 2020 – Marking Recycle Week (21-27 September), Somerset is being urged to keep up the good work after recycling an extra 3,500 tonnes of key materials during the COVID lockdown. Weekly kerbside collections of recycling continued in Somerset throughout the lockdown period. April, May and June 2020 saw a big jump in the…

Get ready for Recycle More – info on its way


11 September 2020 – An introduction to a new era in Mendip recycling is about land on doormats across the district. ‘Get ready for Recycle More’ leaflets (see images) are being delivered next week, outlining Somerset Waste Partnership’s expanded recycling service which launches at the end of October. And residents across Mendip are being urged…