Important: Recycling sites network open on winter hours

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5 January 2021 – Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) plans to keep the county’s 16 recycling sites open on standard winter hours for essential use during the latest COVID-19 national lockdown. Government guidance has clarified that people can visit recycling sites as they are an essential service. SWP is asking people to only visit sites if… more

31 December 2020 – Somerset Waste Partnership’s 16 Recycling sites remain open on their usual winter timetable despite the Tier 4 restrictions now in place in the county. The only change is that The Reuse Shop at Priorswood in Taunton is closed. Existing site restrictions for the safety of staff and public remain in place:… more

30 December, 2020 – Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is asking people to plan ahead and say a green goodbye to their Christmas trees and other festive waste. With twelfth night on the way, residents will be thinking about how to dispose of the real Christmas trees currently brightening up homes across the county. The best… more

14 December, 2020 – Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is asking residents to make a date with their revised rubbish and recycling collection days over the festive period. Public holidays mean collections always change over Christmas and New Year. And, with the festive period usually meaning more waste to recycle and dispose of, it is important… more

12 Dec, 2020 – Somerset’s festive gift-givers are being asked to pick their wrapping paper wisely and help soothe an annual recycling headache. Wrapping of all kinds adds lots to the post-Christmas loads collected by Somerset Waste Partnership after Christmas, whether it is in recycling boxes or in rubbish bins. Only PAPER wrapping paper can… more

2 December, 2020 Magnificent Mendip residents recycled a staggering 300 extra tonnes of waste in the first five weeks of Recycle More, Somerset Waste Partnership revealed today (2 December). The impressive effort includes a 23% increase in plastic – 41 extra tonnes, or more than 900 cubic metres, roughly the same size as eight double… more

Waste bosses and fire chiefs are asking Somerset motorists to put the brakes on problem parking this festive season. The COVID-driven rise in home working has meant more access issues for collection trucks and fire engines as space on residential streets is at a premium. And with the usual seasonal parking pressures on the way,… more

18 November 2020 – Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is asking online shoppers to think outside the box this month. With COVID lockdown closing all but essential shops and Christmas and Black Friday coming soon, mass online shopping looks likely to generate tonnes of extra cardboard packaging. Cardboard is recycled from the kerb every week, but producing… more

10 November 2020 – The first week of Mendip’s new Recycle More service generated an extra 38 tonnes of recycling, initial figures have shown. The impressive stats include nine extra tonnes of plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, which equates to roughly 200 cubic metres – more than the size of two double-decker London buses…. more

4 November, 2020 – With Recycle More well underway, Mendip is being reminded to make sure it knows its new collection days and dates. The new Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) service is collecting tonnes of extra recycling from the kerbside, with the help of Bright Blue Bags that can be seen across the district. All… more