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Recycling sites switch to winter hours on 1 October


All of Somerset’s 16 recycling sites switch to their new winter timetables from Tuesday 1 October. When open weekdays, they will continue to start at 9am but close earlier, at 5pm. Year-round Saturday and Sunday hours remain 9am-4pm at all 16 sites. Summer hours – 9am-6pm when sites are open weekdays – resume on Wednesday…

Recycling site permit scheme rolls on unchanged


Got a bright orange permit to take your van or trailer to recycling sites? Has it got a 30 September expiry date? Do not worry or get a new permit. All permit holders are being told to ignore the 30 September 2019 expiry date and continue using their existing card or the emailed confirmation on…

Bank Holiday Monday – week’s collections one day later


The Summer Bank Holiday on Monday 26 August means all collections of recycling, food waste, rubbish and garden waste as well as clinical and assisted collections during the week will take place one day later, including Friday pick-ups on Saturday 31 August. Recycling sites remain on their usual schedules, including all 16 open 9am-4pm on…

Be our next Business Administrator Apprentice


Somerset Waste Partnership is hiring a Business Administrator Apprentice. You will work as part of our fast-paced customer service team to help in the day to day running of the department. Your role will be varied and ever developing. As the apprenticeship progresses, you will take on more responsibilities while gaining new skills, knowledge and behaviours….

‘Give it away’ holiday food waste warning


Heading off on holiday but still got a fridge full of food? Give it away or sort out good storage is the advice from Somerset Waste Partnership. Many foods can be frozen until you get back with a tan, while neighbours and friends will welcome an edible gift before you go. And a smart tip…

Take no recycling site risks with fuel-driven machinery


All petrol or diesel must be removed from any fuel-driven machinery intended for recycling, such as old mowers, strimmers and chainsaws, before taking the item to a recycling site. These items can easily start a fire in the metals skips, putting all customers and staff at risk, forcing sites to close and taking firefighters away…

Fly-tipped rubbish bag costs Somerset man £250


Fly-tipping a single black sack of rubbish cost a Somerset man £250 and gave him a criminal record today. Adrian Foster, aged 44, of Eastwick Road, Taunton, pleaded guilty to fly-tipping at Taunton Magistrates Court today (Wednesday 24 July) in a case brought by Sedgemoor District Council. He was fined £120 with £100 costs and…

Taunton Recycling Centre open as usual despite minor fire


A fire on Thursday evening (18 July) in the garden waste composting area next to the recycling site at Priorswood in Taunton was quickly put out by the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service. The recycling centre is open today Friday as usual 9am to 6pm. A Somerset Waste Partnership spokesman said: “The swift…

Somerset selects SUEZ as new waste collections contractor


Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has selected SUEZ recycling and recovery UK (SUEZ) as its preferred bidder to help deliver a comprehensive new recycling service across Somerset from 2020.  Once finalised, the new contract will see SUEZ deliver the partnership’s new Recycle More service, operating new vehicles from refurbished depots, and collecting a much wider range…

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…