LATEST UPDATE: Recycle More is up and running in Taunton Deane, South Somerset and Mendip – adding new materials to weekly collections and collecting hundreds of tonnes of extra recycling each week. The new service is due to be launched in Sedgemoor and West Somerset early in 2022, with everyone written to twice before anything changes. Most people in Somerset recycle, yet more than half the contents of the average Somerset bin could have been recycled. We want to make it easier for everyone to recycle even more. It helps protect our environment, tackle climate change and saves money. Play your part, do what is right and join Recycle More’s success. A customer survey in Mendip found 84% of respondents preferred the new service to their old one. What is changing? More recycling collected every week As well as all existing materials – including food waste, paper, card, tins, cans, aerosols, foil, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles – Recycle More adds the following to weekly kerbside recycling collections: Plastic pots, tubs and trays Food and drink cartons (such as Tetra Paks) Small household batteries and electrical items A new recycling container Everyone will get a new recycling container – a 60-litre Bright Blue Bag – for their lighter recycling materials. It is tough to last, base-weighted to stay put, Velcro-closed to make sure the contents stay put, and folds flat for easy storage when empty. Three-weekly rubbish collections With so much more recycled each week, rubbish will be collected every three weeks. Extra advice and support will be available for families using nappies and similar hygiene products. Garden waste and clinical waste collections are unchanged. Watch this short film to see how the new service works. https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Recycle-More-new-family-friendly-recycling-for-Somerset.mp4 If your home has a shared/communal collection, we will be expand your recycling collections, depending on the space available. This will happen later in the year at a date to be confirmed. More details here. Information and support for all Everyone is sent full information before anything changes for them, starting with a “Get ready for Recycle More” leaflet, which will be delivered to homes across the area in January. This will be followed by the “Recycle More is coming soon” leaflet which includes your own collection day calendar for the coming year. You can follow @somersetwaste on Facebook for regular updates and take part in some dedicated Recycle More out of hours Q&A sessions. You can contact Somerset Waste Partnership using My Waste Services at somersetwaste.gov.uk or via your district council. How to get ready, now Recycle More is an important change, and you can be ready for it right now, wherever you live. Make sure you have all the right containers – green box, black box, brown food bin, and rubbish bin. Missing any? Never use other containers; order the right ones online using the My Waste Service menu here. Get into good habits – Recycle all food, every scrap, and all the other materials – the details here in our complete guide. Practice – set aside the new Recycle More materials for a week and see how much space it takes up (you can then take them to a recycling site or put in your rubbish). Think reuse – are there ways you could reduce the amount of rubbish left in your bin or black sacks, from high street recycling of plastic bags to reusable nappies and hot composting. Recycle More so far The new service has gone really well since it was launched in October 2020 across Mendip. It was introduced in South Somerset at the end of June 2021 and Taunton Deane so that 130,000 households now have expanded collections. Hundreds of extra tonnes of recycling are being collected every week, with big increases most recyclables as well as the new materials. At the same time, the weight of rubbish collected has been falling substantially too. Somerset is far from being the first to make this change. Extra recycling and three-weekly rubbish collections are already running for millions of people up and down the country, including our neighbours in East Devon. More are planning to make the change. No extra fly-tipping or other issues More waste taken each week as recycling and less rubbish left to collect means there is no reason – or excuse – for fly-tipping. The most common items fly-tipped are bulky household items, such as old sofas, and commercial waste dumped by rogue tradespeople. No changes are planned to current bulky waste collection services or recycling site services. We will also continue to offer commercial waste recycling services at 10 recycling sites, and offer information on business waste collections. As well as continuing to take food waste every week, much more food packaging will be taken every week that might have attracted pests, so Recycle More will help. As always, we advise you to bag items like nappies, adult hygiene products and pet wastes before putting them in your refuse bin. We can all Recycle More Most people in Somerset recycle and want to do more. Disposing of rubbish is expensive, recycling is far cheaper and money saved can be spent on the many other council services offered by SWP partners. We also need to think about the resources we throw away. Every time people throw a food can or a plastic bottle in their rubbish bin, it can never come back, and those natural resources will not last forever. Recycling more is a simple, easy option for all of us and just takes a few minutes each week. Endless rubbish is an expensive and a dirty luxury none of us can afford.