Recycling collections – Due to Covid-19, kerbside teams are short staffed, severely impacting their ability to complete collections. We have made the difficult decision to concentrate staff on essential services only. This means that we cannot return for any missed recycling collections. We will prioritise your collection on your next scheduled day.

Contracts and contractors

Somerset Waste Partnership manages waste and recycling services on behalf of all local authorities in Somerset. We deliver the services primarily through contracts with two contractors, as follows.

Core services contract

Relating to household waste recycling centre operation (including household hazardous waste collection, storage and disposal), composting, the landfilling of waste, the operation of delivery points and transportation of waste.

ContractorValueInitial duration of contractStart dateEnd date
Viridor LtdAbout £23m per year16 years14 May 200631 March 2022, extended by 9 years (in 2019) to 31 March 2031


Refuse and recycling collections contract (including, clinical, bulky, garden waste collections and container delivery)

ContractorValueInitial duration of contractStart dateEnd date
Kier MGAbout £14m per year7 years12 Oct 2007As part of the Recycle More agreement this contract will come to an end in March 2020.