Communal collection services

Improvements are being made to communal recycling as part of expanded Recycle More collections.

By communal we mean properties and sites where there are usually large shared bins for recycling and/or rubbish, for example blocks of flats, houses of multiple occupancy and retirement developments.

Because all sites are different, changes are being made on a case-by-case basis following detailed review of existing and potential facilities.

Changes to communal collections elsewhere will be introduced at the same time as Recycle More is rolled-out across the area – Taunton Deane in November and Sedgemoor and West Somerset early next year.

All affected residents will be written to twice before any change, as will landlords and managing agents.

We aim to offer either:

  • The full Recycle More individual kerbside collection – residents will be able to request the full range of containers and recycle the full range of materials: plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays; tins, cans, aerosols and foil; glass bottles and jars; cartons and Tetra Pak; paper and cardboard; food waste; small household electricals and batteries; wearable clothes and shoes.
  • Expanded collections from communal bins – adding cardboard and plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays to the materials already taken. New bins will be provided where needed, with stickers and signs to support the change.

Any existing food waste collections will continue, and all communal residents will be invited to request one if they have space and a suitable kerbside collection point can be identified.

We regret that the few properties with no space for communal recycling collections will not receive any additional services.

If you live in a Taunton Deane communal collection property, look out for a postcard from 20 September and a letter in early October and consider how you can take full advantage of the expanded recycling. Letters will have full details of the service you will receive and how to find out more information.

Current communal collections (before Recycle More)

In most cases, materials currently recycled are:

  • Paper – newspapers, magazines, leaflets, directories, white envelopes (no need to remove windows) and other white paper.
  • Glass bottles and jars – no table or cookware.
  • Food and drink cans – rinsed, crushed if safe, no need to remove labels – plus empty aerosols (do not crush or pierce) and aluminium foil (rinse and scrunch together).

Recycling boxes and food bins may be provided for individual use if there is an accessible and easily seen collection point.

Plastic bottles, drinks cartons, cardboard, cooking oil, and many other materials can be taken for recycling at our recycling sites.

Arrangements for communal collection points are usually made with site owners or managing agents. Please contact us for further details.