Bags more recycling as new service launches

Bags more recycling as new service launches

Monday 1 November – Bags more recycling has been collected across Taunton Deane today with the launch of Somerset Waste Partnership’s new Recycle More service.

Around 11,000 homes had their first expanded weekly recycling collection today and staff are reporting an impressive increase in materials, especially plastics.

By the end of the week should also have completed around 17,000 new three-weekly rubbish collections.

Figures will not be available for some time, but the very early signs are that the public are giving the new service their backing.

“We’ve been really happy with day one,” said Mickey Green, SWP Managing Director. “The Bright Blue Bags are everywhere and we’re seeing what looks like a really positive response. Most people want to recycle and the new service makes it easier for everyone to do the right thing.”

“More than 97% of recycling we collected last year stayed in the UK for reprocessing, so be assured that what is sorted for recycling goes to the right place.

Starting in Wellington and Milverton today (Monday), all homes have their first new collection this week:

  • Tuesday – South West of Taunton area, including Trull and Galmington
  • Wednesday – South East of Taunton area including Inner and Outer Circle and Halcon
  • Thursday – Bishops Lydeard, Creech St Michael, Wiveliscombe and surrounding rural areas.
  • Friday – North Taunton area including Bathpool and Staplegrove.

Recycle More has added the following to weekly recycling collections:

  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays
  • Food and drink cartons such as Tetra Pak
  • Small batteries
  • Small electrical items

More weekly recycling means less rubbish, which is now collected every three weeks.

Collection days have changed for around a half of households. As well as a collection calendar sent to every home, days and dates can be checked at using the My Collection Day feature.

Extra recycling containers – Bright Blue Bags – have been delivered across the area that includes Taunton, Wellington and Wiveliscombe.

The Bright Blue Bag is for:

  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • Tins and cans, aerosols and foil

Recycle More cannot recycle all plastics; the following SHOULD NOT go out for collection:

  • Plastic bags, wrappers or plastic film coverings from trays or punnets,
  • Crisp packets or pet food pouches
  • Plastic toys or plastic plant pots
  • Expanded polystyrene

Some supermarkets now take some of these materials so please check where you shop. You can also check for local volunteer collections.

For more information about what plastics can be recycled where, visit If you cannot reuse or recycle them, put them in your rubbish bin.

What needs to go into the green and black recycling boxes has changed. Boxes have been stickered to show what goes where.

  • Green box – glass bottles and jars and cartons (such as Tetra Paks)
  • Black box – paper and card (please keep separate)
  • Brown food waste bin – all food waste

Household electricals go in an untied carrier bag on top of recycling – bags will be returned. Small batteries go into tied bread bags, freezer or similar see-through bags.

Recycle More helps protect the environment and tackle climate change. For information visit

Advice and support are available. Please make contact using the online form on the Somerset West and Taunton website or by calling the council.

For the latest updates on Recycle More follow Somerset Waste Partnership @somersetwaste #recyclemore on Twitter and Facebook.