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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…

Disposing of contaminated Coronavirus waste and SWP service disruption


Somerset Waste Partnership is urging anyone with symptoms of Coronavirus to follow Government advice when disposing of personal waste. The partnership is also asking for the public’s patience and help ahead of likely service disruption as the infection reduces staffing. It has already made decisions to stop some work – including the delivery of replacement…

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Disposing of waste


Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Disposing of waste – Official advice Public Health England has advice for anyone with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), including those with a diagnosis of infection, who must remain at home until they are well. Personal waste (e.g. used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These…

Co-op boosts Slim My Waste, Feed My Face drive


Co-op stores are throwing their high street weight behind the new Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) food recycling initiative Slim My Waste, Feed My Face. A dozen Co-op stores in Somerset have come on board with the successful Slim My Waste, Feed My Face campaign to help families to recycle more food waste by giving out…

Serious success for fun food waste recycling drive


Somerset’s fun new food waste recycling campaign is already driving up recycling rates and prompting a jump in demand for food waste bins. Although Slim My Waste, Feed My Face has only reached half the county, food waste recycling in campaign areas has soared by around 30%. And families have demanded 8,500 free new food…

Fun food waste campaign to increase recycling


It’s fun, it’s exciting – and “Slim My Waste, Feed My Face” is Somerset’s biggest-ever food recycling campaign, with a very serious aim. Rolling out in coming weeks, Slim My Waste, Feed My Face will see thousands of rubbish and food bins transformed into colourful eye-catching reminders to recycle every scrap of food waste. Starting…

Beyond the kerb – what happens to Somerset’s recycling


The latest edition of the pioneering annual report, “Beyond the Kerb – Recycling to Resources”, shows how every tonne of recycling in Somerset has contributed to cutting our carbon footprint. In 2008, Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) was the first in the UK to publish detailed information on what happens to your recycling. Many others have…

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…