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Plastics pledge marks World Environment Day


A Somerset “Pledge Against Preventable Plastics” has been launched to identify some of the simple practical steps we can all take to cut waste and recycle more. The pledge coincides with the annual World Environment Day, whose theme this year is “Beat Plastic Pollution” with the slogan “If you can’t reuse it, refuse it”. The…

All recycling sites take plastic food pots, tubs and trays


The biggest change to plastics recycling in Somerset in almost a decade is underway at the county’s 16 recycling sites. Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has announced that every recycling site is now taking plastic food pots, tubs and trays – the rigid plastic containers for yoghurt, margarine, fruit and other foods – as well as…

School goes bananas over food waste


The waste of food that has travelled around the world to reach our plates has sent Somerset schoolchildren bananas. Pupils at St Gilda’s Catholic Primary School in Mary Street, Yeovil, were among the first to join the Schools Against Waste programme backed by the six council partners in Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP). Schools Against Waste…

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…

Don’t get stuck with a Christmas waste mountain


Somerset families are being urged to get rid of all recycling and rubbish before Christmas to avoid the risk of bad weather and collection disruption during peak waste demand. And the advice for after Christmas is to spread the waste load over time or take it to a recycling site to avoid overloading hard-pressed crews…

Taking simple steps to have a low-waste Christmas


Christmas is Somerset’s most wasteful time, when much that should be recycled – including thousands of turkey carcasses – gets buried in landfill. But it is also a great opportunity for you and all your family to waste less, recycle more and save plenty of money. Here is how to get the best from Christmas…

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…

Dark waste warning for Black Friday impulse deals


The latest challenge for Somerset shoppers trying to waste less while holding onto their cash is this weekend’s US-inspired marketing heave between Black Friday and Cyber Monday – 24 to 27 November. With sprawling weeks of claimed discounts and short-term deals, it all encourages impulse buying that can all too easily lead to consumers spending…

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…