Recycling “avalanche” on Recycle More Monday

Recycling “avalanche” on Recycle More Monday

26 October, 2020 – Recycle More has had a flying start in Mendip with an “avalanche” of extra recycling on day one.

Staff have been impressed with the public’s response to the new Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) service, reporting a big surge, particularly in plastics, in the first round of collections.

Exact weights are not available yet, but the signs from the streets and the Evercreech depot, are that public are giving the new service their backing.

“The response so far has been brilliant,” said Mickey Green, SWP Managing Director. “Crews are reporting Bright Blue Bags everywhere on today’s rounds and at the depot they’re seeing an avalanche of extra recycling.

“Most people want to recycle and the new service makes it easier for everyone to do the right thing.”

Starting in Frome today (Monday), all homes have their first new collection this week:

  • Tuesday – Lydford-on-Fosse area
  • Wednesday – Shepton Mallet and Wells
  • Thursday – Glastonbury and Street
  • Friday – narrow access, lanes and small villages

Recycle More has added the following to weekly recycling collections:

  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays
  • Food and drink cartons such as Tetra Pak
  • Small batteries and small electrical items

Bright Blue Bags have been delivered to 51,000 Mendip homes and what needs to go into the green and black recycling boxes has changed. Boxes have been stickered to show what goes where.

The Bright Blue Bag is for:

  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • Tins and cans, aerosols and foil

Recycle More cannot recycle all plastics; the following SHOULD NOT go out for collection:

  • Plastic bags, wrappers or plastic film coverings from trays or punnets,
  • Crisp packets or pet food pouches
  • Plastic toys or plastic plant pots
  • Expanded polystyrene
  • “Compostable” cups or food containers

Cartons or Tetra Paks go in the green recycling box with glass bottles and jars, while card and paper – kept separate – are in the black recycling box.

Much more weekly recycling means less rubbish, which is now collected every three weeks.

Collection days have changed for around a third of households. As well as a collection calendar sent to every home, days and dates can be checked at somersetwaste.gov.uk

Recycle More helps protect the environment and tackle climate change, and it saves £2m a year that can go on other vital local services.

Following Mendip’s lead, the rest of Somerset will move to Recycle More over the next 18 months as depots are upgraded to handle the thousands of tonnes of extra recycling.

For information about Recycle More visit somersetwaste.gov.uk/recycle-more