Recycle More up and running in South Somerset

Recycle More up and running in South Somerset

Monday 5 July – South Somerset’s new recycling regime is up and running, with Recycle More collecting tonnes more recycling in its first week.

Although very early days, last week’s initial collections suggest most people in the district are putting out the new materials in the right container and on the right day.

Unfortunately, the Bright Blue Bags have not yet made it to everyone and Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) apologises for this.

Anyone without a bag is asked to request one through the SWP website somersetwaste.gov.uk – use the My Waste Services menu and choose the ‘Waste boxes, bins and bags’ option.

Demand is high so please bear with us and we will get them to you as soon as possible.

If you do not have a bag in time for your next collection, please leave the new materials – sorted if possible – in existing recycling boxes if there is space, or in a bag or cardboard box alongside your recycling containers.

DO NOT use a black bin liner. It will be mistaken for rubbish and left behind.

A nationwide shortage of drivers is disrupting services in Somerset. Hard-working crews were out on Saturday catching-up on collections missed earlier in the week and getting things back on track.

Anyone who has had a missed rubbish or recycling collection, please report it – online if possible – and we will return for it as soon as we can, within two days if possible.

SWP is holding an out of hours Recycle More Facebook Q&A session today (5 July), 7-8pm. Please post your questions as comments @somersetwaste and the team will respond.

Recycle More has added the following to the weekly kerbside recycling collections:

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

More recycling means less rubbish, so rubbish bins and bags will be collected every three weeks rather than every two.

Residents can use the calendar in their “Recycle More is coming soon” leaflet to see their new collection days for the next 12 months. Please check because collection days will be changing for around a third of households.

Everyone needs to put different things into different containers. Please check your leaflet and blue bag tag for your simple, colour-coded explanation of what goes where.

The Bright Blue Bags should be used for:

  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays (rinsed and squashed/nested)
  • Tins and cans (rinsed and, if safe, crushed)
  • Aerosols (empty)
  • Foil (rinsed)

Green box – glass bottles and jars, and cartons, including Tetra Pak

Black box – paper and card

Brown food waste bin – all food waste

Carrier bags – small household batteries, small electrical items (crews will return bags)

Recycle More has been running in Mendip since October where it has seen 100 tonnes of extra recycling collected every week.

For more information visit somersetwaste.gov.uk/recycle-more