Q&A days on the way for Recycle More

Q&A days on the way for Recycle More

Monday 10 January – Recycle More is on its way and Sedgemoor and West Somerset residents can click and collect the answers to all their questions in the coming weeks.

Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is due to launch its expanded recycling service to more than 70,000 households across the area at the end of February.

To help make sure everyone understands what is changing and when, it is running Facebook Q&A Days from 7am to 7pm.

The first took place this week with three more planned in the coming weeks:

  • Wednesday 26 January
  • Friday 18 February
  • Wednesday 16 March

The 12-hour sessions are an opportunity to get speedy responses to queries about the new service – visit the @somersetwaste page and post questions as comments once the session has started.

Adding more to weekly kerbside collections, Recycle More makes it easier for everyone to recycle more and protect the environment.

Where it can, it will also improve recycling for homes with shared or communal collections, for example blocks of flats and homes of multiple occupancy. These improvements will be brought in later in the year at a date to be confirmed and what is possible will depend on space and access.

The Sedgemoor and West Somerset area is the final stage of the Recycle More roll-out. The service is already delivering hundreds of tonnes of extra recycling each week across Mendip, South Somerset and Taunton Deane.

Recycle More adds the following items to weekly recycling collections:

  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays
  • Food and drink cartons
  • Small batteries
  • Small electrical items

Extra weekly recycling means far less rubbish, so rubbish bins or black sacks will be collected every three weeks instead of every two. Collection days will change for more than half of households.

Garden and clinical waste collections are not affected.

Every home will have a new recycling container – a ‘Bright Blue Bag’ – delivered a week or two before the new service starts.

All residents will be sent information about Recycle More twice before anything changes, at around six weeks and three weeks before launch. This will include a collection day calendar and guide to what recycling goes into which container.

Extra support is available for anyone with concerns about Recycle More. Please visit somersetwaste.gov.uk/recycle-more for more information.

More detail can be found on the SWP website www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/recycle-more

For information about how to reduce and reuse your waste, visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk and follow @somersetwaste on Twitter and Facebook.