Help ease collection pressures this festive fortnight

Help ease collection pressures this festive fortnight

Friday 17 December – Somerset Waste Partnership is urging residents to help ease the pressure on Christmas collections amid concerns about potential Covid disruption.

Recycling and rubbish collections are currently working fine, but SWP fears they could be affected if staffing levels suffer because of the rising infection rate.

Christmas is always a busy period with loads collected from the kerbside almost doubling. And they could be heavier than usual this year with more people working from home alongside those who on leave.

With more than 400,000 collections a week, SWP is working hard with its contractor SUEZ recycling and recovery UK to manage the pressures, and residents can help too by:

Using of Somerset’s recycling sites – to recycle large loads or get rid of waste if your kerbside collection is delayed.

All 16 are all open their normal winter hours except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. This is the best way to recycle large loads of cardboard and paper gift wrap (in dedicated collection points at each site). Sites at Dulverton on Monday 27 December and Crewkerne on Tuesday 28 December have one-off days open 9am-5pm to help with post-Christmas waste.

Crushing, squashing and flattening recycling – to speed up collections, help crews get more into each load, and make the most of you recycling boxes and bags if your collection is delayed.

Contacting us online wherever possible – using the My Waste Services feature on the SWP homepage. It is the quickest and easier way to report missed collections, request extra containers and more.

Knowing your collection days – they change over the festive period to accommodate the public holidays.

Parking considerately – poor parking can slow crews down or make collections impossible, especially with so more people at home, parked on residential street.

If collections are disrupted, the latest information will be available from the SWP homepage somersetwaste.gov.uk

Rubbish and clinical waste will be prioritised and returned for within two working days.

Any missed recycling collections will be returned for within two working days if possible. If crews have not returned within two days, they will not be back until the next scheduled collection day and recycling can be brought back in.

Missed collections will be monitored to ensure no-one is missed for consecutive weeks.

Mickey Green, SWP Managing Director, said: “We hope the next few weeks will run smoothly, but like organisations up and down the country we are monitoring the Covid situation and have to be prepared for problems.

“We will do our very best to keep things on track but would ask for everyone’s understanding and help over what could be a difficult period.”

The revised festive collection schedule for recycling and rubbish is below. South Somerset and Taunton Deane residents will be able to check their days on the printed Recycle More collection day calendars.

Everyone can check their collection days, for now and the rest of the year, using the My Collection Day feature on the somersetwaste.gov.uk website. Dates can be downloaded for printing or straight into the calendar on your laptop or mobile device.

Usual collection day                 Revised collection day

Friday 24 December                  No change

Monday 27 December                Tuesday 28 December

Tuesday 28 December               Wednesday 29 December

Wednesday 29 December           Thursday 30 December

Thursday 30 December              Friday 31 December

Friday 31 December                  Sunday 2 January

Monday 3 January                     Tuesday 4 January

Tuesday 4 January                    Wednesday 5 January

Wednesday 5 January                Thursday 6 January

Thursday 6 January                   Friday 7 January

Friday 7 January                       Saturday 8 January

As usual, garden waste collections do not take place over the festive fortnight but are scheduled start again in the week beginning 10 January.

For lots of information on how to reduce, reuse and recycling this Christmas, visit the Somerset website somersetwaste.gov.uk/festive