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When are your collections this Christmas?


Festive waste collections – recycling and rubbish, assisted pick-ups and clinical waste but not garden waste – will be two days later after Christmas, including Friday collections on Sunday, and one day later after New Year. Kerbside collections Usual day – Revised day Mon 23 Dec – No change Tue 24 Dec – No change…

Cheaper garden waste collections proposed


Somerset Waste Partnership has proposed that the cost of garden waste collections be reduced, thanks to its deal with the new collections contractor SUEZ. From next April – if the five Somerset councils that make up the Partnership agree – the cost of a year’s fortnightly garden waste collections will not rise, as in recent…

Mendip start for Recycle More expanded collections


Mendip will be the first area in Somerset to have the new Recycle More service from June 2020, Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has announced. The new kerbside collections will see a wide range of extra materials added to weekly recycling collections: household and food plastic pots, tubs and trays, Tetra Paks and other beverage cartons,…

Recycling site winter hours – weekdays now 9am-5pm


All of Somerset’s 16 recycling sites are now on their winter timetables. When open weekdays, 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 1 April 2020. With an impressive…

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…

If your collection has been missed …


First, our apologies that a range of factors, from an ageing truck fleet to a driver shortage, means some homes have not had a waste collection. Second, if you and your neighbours have been missed, we know about it and will do our best to get back to you ASAP – please make sure your containers are…

All recycling sites take plastic pots, tubs, trays


Every recycling site is now taking plastic food and household pots, tubs and trays (PTT) – the rigid plastic containers for yoghurt, margarine, fruit and other materials – as well as all plastic bottles. Just look for the new signs on the plastic bottle skips at all recycling sites. Among the items taken in the…

All change: less landfill, extra recycling, new energy


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…

Looking for a new job? Full-time work on offer now


Jobs available now HGV Class 2 Recycling Driver/Loaders in Bridgwater, Evercreech, Taunton. £11.28 / hour.  Full-time.  Temp to perm. No overnights.  Overtime after 40hrs @ £16.92ph.  Newly qualified drivers welcome.  Also loaders keen to progress to drivers. Monday to Friday start at 6.15am. Click Smart Solutions Recruitment and search for South West England jobs to find…