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Go ahead for Recycle More phased roll-out


31 July 2020: Much more recycling each week and far less waste will be the result of a decision today to roll out the expanded Recycle More kerbside collection service. The service will start in phases, with all of Mendip from the end of October, all of South Somerset next summer, and Sedgemoor and Somerset…

Recycle More awaits green light


UPDATE: On 31 July, Somerset Waste Board agreed a new timetable for the introduction of Recycle More. News on that here. The service will be launched in October 2020 in MENDIP ONLY, coming to the rest of the county in three phases over the following 18 months. Our information on Recycle More will be updated and expanded….

Work available now with Somerset Waste Partnership


Customer Service Officer Part Time Salary: £19,171 – £21,166 pro-rata Closing date: Friday July 31st, 2020 5:00pm Somerset PART-TIME FIXED TERM/SECONDMENT OPPORTUNITY 6-month fixed term/secondment – until January 2021 to cover Maternity Leave Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) was established in 2007 to manage waste services on behalf of all Councils in Somerset. SWP manages waste…

Hazardous waste warning as crew member has lucky escape


A warning has been issued after a Somerset crew member collecting household waste was splashed with a hazardous liquid left in a rubbish bin. Very fortunately, the crew member from contractor SUEZ is safe as the hazardous liquid only ended up on their uniform during the incident (see picture). A SUEZ colleague said: “This is…

All materials taken at 16 recycling sites


All materials are now being taken at Somerset’s 16 recycling sites, although “shop-style” safety restrictions remain. Expect long delays; only visit if really necessary. Materials taken include those with charges (tyres, gas bottles, soil and hardcore, vehicle parts), and those requiring advance online payment (asbestos, plasterboard). For now, please store, sell or give away items…

Hold on to your clothes, or lose them to landfill


Somerset is being asked to hold on to its unwanted clothes and textiles to make sure they don’t end up in landfill. Somerset Waste Partnership is committed to making sure everything it collects that can be recycled, is recycled and recycled close to home. Last year more than 92% of Somerset’s recycling stayed in the…

SWP crews help fire service tackle problem parking


Waste collection crews in Somerset are poised to distribute ‘please park carefully’ notes in solidarity with fire service colleagues this week. Staff working for Somerset Waste Partnership’s new contractor Suez will be putting the polite notices from the fire service on to the windscreens of the rising number of problem parkers. With the Coronavirus lockdown…

Hold fire on bonfires, say SWP and fire chiefs


Somerset Waste Partnership and fire services are teaming up to ask people to pour cold water on plans for back garden bonfires. Recent weeks have seen a rise in calls to the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to attend potentially dangerous back garden bonfires. And district councils are also seeing a growing number…

A dozen ways to help your crew help you get rid of waste


Updated 1 June 2020   As we all stay home and create hundreds of tonnes of extra recycling each week, we can help hard-pressed collection crews cope, despite many of their colleagues self-isolating and so unable to work. In no particular order… Reduce waste where you can. To cut food waste, lots of tips here: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/tackling-food-waste/ Tell…

New fleet signals bright future for Somerset recycling


A fleet of multicoloured trucks will take to Somerset’s streets from Monday, paving the way for a new era of recycling in the county. Somerset Waste Partnership’s new contract for recycling and rubbish collection is bringing the latest industry equipment and technology to the county. The fleet of 140 vehicles are around 30% more efficient…