November 2016

November 2016

Recycling your plastic bottles could not be simpler

28/11/2016 3:30 pm 
Once you have used up the contents of plastic bottles from around your home – from drink, cosmetic, cleaning and grooming, they should go into your recycling box, not the landfill bin.

Simply empty the contents, give the bottles a rinse to remove the residue using left-over washing-up water. This is particularly important if the bottles have contained cleaning products such as bleach. There is no need to peel off labels, but do remove all lids, pumps or trigger spray tops and handles or removable spouts. Put these in your rubbish as they currently cannot be recycled.

As plastic bottles are bulky (but lightweight), squash the bottles to save space and pop the bottles into your black (box 2) recycling box.

Once collected for recycling, plastic bottles can be turned back into other plastic bottles, or they may be turned into fabrics and used to make fleece jackets or even football tops. Some plastics are used to make furniture items or even children’s toys.

According to WRAP – the Waste and Resources Action Programme – Recycling one tonne of plastic bottles saves ¾ tonne of carbon – this is the equivalent of travelling nearly 2,500 miles in an average car. So do your bit to ensure that every plastic bottle from your home goes for recycling.

We do not currently collect other types of plastic, such as plastic bags, meat trays, fruit punnets, yoghurt pot or margarine tubs for recycling at the kerbside. We are seeking economically and environmentally sustainable methods of adding these to the kerbside service and we will let you know if the plastic products we take for recycling is expanded.

Floods, Cheddar Recycling Centre, open

21/11/2016 4:31 pm 
Tuesday 22 November 2016,

Following the early closure of the centre on Monday due to localised flooding, Cheddar Recycling Centre is open as usual.

For updates on travel across Somerset, visit https://www.travelsomerset.co.uk/

Thank you for your patience.

 

Do not dump those plastic bottles in your landfill bin

16/11/2016 2:41 pm
Are you sure you are recycling all the plastic bottles from around your home? Are you quite sure? The Somerset kerbside recycling service accepts more bottles than just those that contained milk or fizzy drinks. So what do we take?

We accept a whole host of plastic bottles. From the kitchen and bathroom we take every day cleaning product bottles – loo cleaners including bleach bottles, fabric conditioners and washing up bottles. From your bedroom, finished cosmetic and cleansing bottles, as well as grooming products such as liquid soap, shampoo and conditioner.

Whatever the colour size or shape –it does not matter what type of plastic the bottle is made from (ignore the number against a triangle, that is for trade use only) – if it is bottle-shaped then it should be placed in the black kerbside recycling container.

According to Recycle Now, of the 480 plastic bottles used by the average household each year, only 270 are recycled. This means a whopping 44% are still being put in the rubbish bin. Is that what you do?

So next time you are sorting out your rubbish, make sure there are no plastic bottles heading for landfill and pop them out for recycling instead.

We do not currently collect other types of plastic, such as plastic bags, meat trays, fruit punnets, yoghurt pot or margarine tubs for recycling at the kerbside. We are seeking economically and environmentally sustainable methods of adding these to the kerbside service and we will let you know if the plastic products we take for recycling is expanded.

How your unwanted furniture could help change lives

10/11/2016 2:11 pm
Somerset householders changing their dining tables or sofa in time for Christmas are encouraged to donate their unwanted furniture to local good causes.

SWP is urging residents to help cut down the number of items sent to landfill and to boost reuse by giving their pre-loved furniture a new lease of life by contacting their local furniture reuse group.

Many groups can collect donations free of charge and they are then sold on to local families on restricted incomes at affordable prices. Donations could help struggling young families setting up their first home, or those facing tough times due to their personal situation.

Donating your furniture and working electrical appliances to others reduces the amount of waste that needlessly ends up in landfill or, worse still, is simply dumped as fly-tips, spoiling the Somerset countryside and townscape.

Passing on usable unwanted furniture is easy and convenient. Simply call your local furniture group on the number listed below. Please note the groups can only accept reusable furniture and working appliances as they can only make minor repairs, so they cannot accept broken or damaged items. Importantly, sofas and armchairs must have their fire tags still in place to comply with regulations around re-sale.

If you have items that the groups cannot accept, either because they are damaged, or are unsuitable, you can either take your items free of charge to your local recycling centre for disposal or you can pay for a bulky waste collection via your local council. Click here to find out more.

Other options for reusable items which are not suitable for the groups, perhaps due to storage capacity or demand can be offered free of charge to others on social networks such as Freegle or Freecycle. Alternatively, these could be sold via on-line auction sites or by newspaper small ads.

Somerset furniture reuse groups:
Engage Furniture Reuse Project, Minehead – 01643 707 484
FurnEquip, Glastonbury – 01458 831188
FurniCare, Yeovil – 01935 433416
FurniTrust, Taunton – 01823 253053
Sedgemoor Furniture Store, Bridgwater – 01278 425055