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Bag a great bin deal to help your garden grow


In International Compost Awareness Week, 5 – 11 May, SWP is reminding gardeners, both experienced and novice, that they can purchase competitively priced compost bins, food digesters, composting equipment and water butts through our partnership with getcomposting.com. Somerset residents can purchase discounted compost converter bins from as little as £18.50 and with the fantastic “buy…

Three collection staff injured in accident


A statement from Somerset Waste Partnership We were shocked and saddened to learn of a serious accident involving a recycling truck and another vehicle yesterday on the A361 near Nunney. Three crew members were injured and taken to hospital. The driver of the other vehicle was also injured. Our sympathy and best wishes for a…

All change for Easter collection days


Easter will bring waste day changes for every household in Somerset. Pick-ups due on Good Friday 30 March will take place on Saturday 31 March, while no collections on Easter Monday 2 April mean all that week’s kerbside services are one day later, including Friday pick-ups on Saturday 7 April. All recycling sites remain on…

Dozen recycling sites take single-use coffee cups


Somerset caffeine addicts now have a dozen new locations where they can recycle single-use plastic-lined paper coffee cups from major High Street cafe and takeaway chains. Plastic-lined paper cups for hot drinks can now be recycled at the 12 Somerset recycling sites that already have skips for Tetra Pak-style food and drink cartons. The vast…

All change: more recycling and energy not landfill


Upgrading Somerset’s waste services is moving ahead fast to take even more materials in kerbside recycling and generate electricity from the smaller amounts of rubbish left over. The changes will involve aligning three multi-million pound contracts: for waste collection, rubbish disposal, and a new fleet of refuse and recycling vehicles, all of which currently begin…

Somerset residents mark decades of waste progress


With every can, bottle and apple core they recycle this week, Somerset residents are marking a significant double anniversary. It is two decades since all six Somerset councils – five districts and the county – formally agreed to jointly drive forward an environmental agenda to help households waste less, recycle more and save money. And…

Fly-tipping lands Somerset man in jail with a £280 bill


A Somerset man who fly-tipped waste over his garden fence into a back lane spent a night in jail for not dealing with a fine for the crime – and left court with a bill for £280. Unemployed father-of-two Marcus Jones, aged 25, was arrested and held overnight after he failed to appear for a…

Look good, feel good – add recycling to your routine


Whether the morning routine is a quick shower or a slow bath, the cleanest people in Somerset can look good and feel good by raising their bathroom recycling rate. New research by the Recycle Now campaign for Recycle Week – 25 September to 1 October – revealed that just 52% of bathroom items, from empty…