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Kerbside collections alert for the Glastonbury Festival


Residents near the Glastonbury Festival are being urged to take early action to guard against disruption as the event returns after a year off. Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has no changes planned during the festival from Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30 June but householders are being advised: Put out waste the night before in case…

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…

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…

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…

How to prevent a high-risk blaze in your refuse bin


Adding the wrong items to rubbish bins and black sacks could put lives at risk by starting a fire. As well as the danger of a fire in a rubbish bin threatening homes or business premises, lack of care could start a blaze in rubbish lorry or see a landfill conflagration putting staff at risk….