Ongoing disruption to recycling collections

Ongoing disruption to recycling collections

Thursday 17 June – Any recycling collections that are missed tomorrow will be rescheduled for next Friday, Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has announced.

If your recycling is missed tomorrow (Friday 18 June), please put it out again on Friday 25 June. Sort extra materials into containers with your boxes and food bin.

Crews are working flat-out to complete delayed collections despite an acute driver shortage. Moving Friday’s missed recycling to next week will help get collections back on track.

SWP apologises for the disruption and is working hard with its contractor SUEZ to address the problems. However, there is no quick fix and continued disruption is likely in the near future.

Recycling collections are set to be affected in and around Bridgwater, Castle Cary, Wincanton, Bruton, Stogursey, Holford, Stringston, East Quantoxhead, Kilve, Brompton Ralph, Taunton, Norton Fitzwarren and Cheddon Fitzpaine.

Recycling collections in other parts of the county may also be affected depending on tomorrow’s progress. Rubbish and garden waste collections should not be impacted, but catch-up collections will happen on Saturday if needed.

Please check SWP’s website for updates at somersetwaste.gov.uk.

The well-documented long-term shortage of LGV drivers nationally has been worsened by Covid-19 delays to training and testing, and EU drivers leaving the UK, as has the demand coming from the recent reopening of non-essential retail.

The national driver shortfall is estimated at 70,000 and has been described by the Road Haulage Association as being of “catastrophic proportions”.

Qualified HGV drivers, including anyone recently retired, are urged to consider driver and crew vacancies in Bridgwater, Evercreech, Taunton, Williton and Yeovil.

SUEZ is working hard to retain, recruit and train drivers, including substantial advertising, a “refer a friend” scheme and approaching ex-Forces networks.

Driver/loader and loader vacancy details: careers.suez.co.uk/vacancies