Storm Eunice: your next recycle, clinical, garden collections

Storm Eunice: your next recycle, clinical, garden collections


All waste collections were suspended and recycle sites closed by Somerset Waste Partnership on Friday 18 February for the safety of the public and staff following the Met Office orange and red wind warnings for Storm Eunice.

Subject to the weather, all 16 recycling sites are back on their usual schedules. Full details of each recycle site here.

Residents whose rubbish was not collected on Friday should have had their wheeled bins and black sacks picked up on Saturday. If your rubbish was out but missed, report it – as always – after 7pm on the due day via My Waste Services at

Recycling collections due Friday will be collected on Friday 25 February.

Garden waste and clinical waste due Friday will be picked up on their next scheduled collection day.

As winds are forecast to remain high in the coming days, residents are reminded to take the usual steps that reduce the risk of waste being blown around:

  • Stack boxes – lightest below, then Bright Blue Bag, heavier above, locked food bin on top.
  • Put out containers as late as possible before 7am and take them back in ASAP. Please do not put containers out overnight.
  • Place containers in a sheltered spot that is still visible to your collection crews.
  • Squash and crush (if safe) plastic bottles, tins, cans, and cartons.
  • Flatten and tear up card to put in the recycle box.
  • Help neighbours, especially those older or vulnerable, by stacking their containers and bringing them in after collection.

SWP Managing Director Mickey Green said: “We ask people to hold on to their recycling and other waste until their next scheduled collection day.

“Apologies for any the inconvenience – these have been exceptional circumstances and we are working hard to get things back on track.”

For the latest information about collections and site opening, please visit this page and follow @somersetwaste on Facebook and Twitter.

If your recycling collection is delayed, the following will help you manage until the next collection:

  • If safe, squash, crush and flatten plastic bottles, tins and cans, and cardboard to make more space in recycling containers.
  • Keep food waste bins in the shade with lid closed. Home compost what you can. If you cannot wait, it can be double-bagged and go to any recycle site or in your rubbish bin.
  • Use a makeshift container, such as a cardboard box, for extra recycling (for all the materials except glass).
  • Offer space in your recycling container to neighbours if yours is not full.
  • All kerbside recycling is taken at our 16 recycling sites (except cartons, which are not taken at Castle Cary, Cheddar, Dulverton or Somerton).