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Somerset call to Step It Up against climate change


Friday 17 September 2021 – Families in Somerset are being urged to “Step It Up” against climate change next week. The call for residents to build on their growing recycling success is part of the 18th national annual Recycle Week from Monday 20 September to Sunday 26 September. Recycle Week will celebrate the county’s recycling…

Taunton Deane: Recycle More info and events on the way


Friday 17 September – An introduction to a new era in recycling will soon be landing on doormats across Taunton Deane. ‘Get ready for Recycle More’ leaflets will be delivered from the start of next week (20 Sept). It outlines the expanded Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) recycling service which launches at the start of November….

Taunton Deane: Get ready to Recycle More


Wednesday 8 September, 2021 – Recycling is set to soar in Taunton Deane this November with the arrival of Recycle More. The expanded weekly recycling collections from Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) will be launched to the area’s 56,000 households at the beginning of November. Most people in Somerset are recycling and Recycle More is making…

Garden waste collections to restart


Monday 6 September – Garden waste collections resume later this month, Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) confirmed today. They restart from Monday 13 September – that does not mean every subscriber will have a collection on that date. Subscribers should ensure their garden waste bins are ready on their first scheduled collection day in the fortnight…

Summer Bank Holiday collections one day later


Thursday 26 August 2021 – No collections on the Summer Bank Holiday Monday 30 August mean recycling and rubbish services are one day later all week, including Friday pick-ups on Saturday 4 September. The changes affect collections of recycling and refuse, as well as assisted collections. Residents should sort and segregate materials, ensure no recycling…

‘No change’ as Biffa takes over Viridor-run recycle sites


Wednesday 25 August 2021 – Waste firm Biffa is taking over Somerset’s 16 recycle sites from Viridor, which has managed them for Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) for many years. Customers will see little or no change except for site signage, said SWP Managing Director Mickey Green. Biffa is also acquiring Viridor’s anaerobic digestion plant near…

£1,000 sign-on bonus for waste drivers


10 August 2021 – Somerset’s waste collection contractor, SUEZ, is offering a £1,000 welcome bonus for professional LGV drivers joining its workforce as full-time permanent staff. The new incentive reflects tough competition in Somerset, where the national Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) driver shortage is more acute due to many distribution hubs in and near the…

Garden waste collections suspended for six weeks


Thursday 29 July – Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is suspending garden waste collections for six weeks from Monday 2 August, it has announced today (Thursday 29 July). SWP has reluctantly made the decision so staff can be redeployed to support rubbish and recycling collections. Waste authorities in many parts of the country have taken similar…

Missed recycling? We’ll be back next collection day


Sunday 25 July – The national driver shortage and rising Covid self-isolation is further delaying recycling collections, Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has warned. Crews have been trying to return within the usual two working days for missed weekly recycling collections. But staffing pressures heightened by the ‘Pingdemic’ mean that is not possible, unless the collection…

What to do with recycling if your collection is delayed


Monday 19 July – If your weekly collection is missed and delayed, you will need to store more recycling and have it for longer. Here are some ideas (not instructions or advice) for how to manage this extra waste – making more space, storing materials or dealing with stuff that has got to go. All the…