Bide your time for Bright Blue Bags Mark Ford October 21, 2021October 25, 2021 Latest News Monday 18 October – The first of 55,000 Bright Blue Bags have been arriving in Taunton Deane this week as the area prepares for the Recycle More revolution. Please be patient if yours has not arrived yet. The deliveries will continue across the area – including Taunton, Wellington and Wiveliscombe – right up until Friday 29 October. Expanded collections start at the beginning of November and the extra recycling containers are delivered in the two weeks before the launch. The bags are a pivotal part of the new Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) service which is adding extra materials to weekly recycling collections. With much more recycling collected each week, rubbish bins and bags will be picked up every three weeks instead of every two. Bags will be left somewhere easy to find near front doors, usually in an empty recycling container. Stickers will be stuck on everyone’s recycling boxes as the bags arrive, making it clear what needs to go where once Recycle More starts. With a 60-litre capacity, they are tough, waterproof and washable. The recycled rubber base-weight stops them blowing away and the lid can be sealed shut with Velcro. The lid is usually tucked down inside when delivered and just needs pulling out before use. The bags must not be used until the first collection under the new service. This is set out in the collection calendar inside the “Coming Soon!” leaflet which should have arrived by the start of this week. Residents should keep hold of these eye-catching orange and blue leaflets for future reference. Collection days can also be checked online using the My Collection Day feature on the SWP homepage somersetwaste.gov.uk Some residents will also have a one-off extra collection of rubbish only on Saturday 30 October or 6 November. This is made clear in the “Coming Soon!” leaflet and is to make sure no-one goes more than three weeks between rubbish collections. Recycle More adds extra materials to weekly collections: Plastic pots, tubs and trays. Food and drink cartons. Small household electrical items. Small household batteries The Bright Blue Bag is used to hold the following items, as seen on the side of the bag: Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays (rinsed and squashed/nested) Tins and cans (rinsed and crushed if safe to do so) Aerosols (empty) Foil (rinsed) With the new service, what goes into each recycling container is changing. From the first new collection, recycling should be sorted as follows: Green box – glass bottles and jars, and cartons, including Tetra Pak Black box – paper and card Brown food waste bin – all food waste Household electricals go in an untied carrier bag placed on top of recycling. The bags will be returned. Small batteries should go into tied bread bags, freezer or similar see-through bags. Anyone with questions or concerns about Recycle More can find more information online somersetwaste.gov.uk/recycle-more Extra support is available. Please make contact using an online form – see popular tasks on the Somerset West and Taunton homepage www.somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk or call the district council on 0300 3048000. For the latest updates on Recycle More follow Somerset Waste Partnership @somersetwaste #recyclemore on Twitter and Facebook.