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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; the scheme is rolling on unchanged.  All permit holders should ignore the 30 September 2019 expiry date and continue using their existing card or the…

Kerbside collections: back to the old routine


All collections of recycling, food waste, rubbish and garden waste, as well as clinical and assisted collections are back to usual. Recycling sites remain on their usual schedules. Don’t be the last to know … … join 9,000+ well-informed Somerset people by signing up for our e-newsletter here. … follow Somersetwaste on Facebook. … follow Somersetwaste on Twitter.

‘Give it away’ warning on holiday food waste


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…

Recycling sites upgrade: full Sundays, later hours


All recycling sites are now open until 4pm on both Saturdays and Sundays, and operate until later when open on weekdays – to 6pm in summer, 5pm in winter. To see the hours in full or download site-by-site or district-by-district timetables, click here. The sites upgrade is part of Somerset waste services’ transformation, with extra…

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…