Recycling collections

Recycling works – Somerset Waste Partnership’s End Use Register tells you exactly what happens to every tonne of recycling you recycle – where it goes, what it becomes and how much it saves.

The standard recycling collection service for most households, (excluding communal properties) is weekly for both recycling and food waste, collected on the same vehicle.

When are my collection days?
You can find your collection days by visiting your district council’s website:

Box 1 (usually green)
  • Paper – newspapers, magazines, leaflets, directories, white envelopes (no need to remove windows) and other white paper.
  • Glass bottles and jars – rinsed and unbroken (no table or cook ware).
Box 2 (usually black)
  • Food and drink cans – rinsed and squashed if possible – no need to remove labels – please place loose can lids inside squashed cans (including steel jar tops inside squashed steel cans) – we take large metal food tins for biscuits and sweets too, but not other metal items at kerbside (recycle these at recycling centres).
  • Aerosols – only recycle empty – do not pierce or squash – if you can, remove the plastic cap and nozzle.
  • Plastic bottles (not pots, tubs, trays or film – click here for details of those) – no tops, caps or spray nozzles – please rinse.
  • Cardboard – brown corrugated, grey card, greetings cards and brown envelopes – please flatten.  Small bits of card can be put into larger boxes before flattening – cut or tear up large pieces.  Please remember, very large pieces or more than the equivalent of two recycling boxes when flattened should be taken to a recycling centre and may not be collected at the kerbside.
  • Foil – aluminium foil only and not if plastic or paper backed (check with the scrunch test – scrunch up and if stays squashed together it can be recycled as foil).
On top or alongside boxes
  • Textiles – clothes, towels, sheets, blankets, curtains, but no stuffed items, such as duvets, pillows and quilts – put out in bags (not black sacks) and avoid putting out on wet days – please label ‘textiles’.
  • Shoes – tied in pairs and bagged.

  • Glass that is not a bottle or jar
  • Broken glass
  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays (Click here for news about these)
  • Food or drink cartons or paper lined disposable cups – please take these to a recycling centre
  • Plastic foil
  • Old or unused wall paper
  • Plastic foil, for example crisp packets and pet food pouches
  • Syringes, knives and other sharp objects
  • Metal kitchenware, large catering-sized tins or 5 litre large beer kegs
  • Old metal tools
  • Electrical items
  • Nappies and pet excrement
  • Large quantities of cardboard or excessively large kerbside boxes – please take to a recycling centre

Contact your local council customer services to report missed recycling collections.

Unless you have an assisted collection, containers should be at the edge of your property by 7am on collection day (as collection times can vary) and no earlier than the night before. Please take care not to obstruct pavements or roads, and take bins back in as soon as possible after collections.

Please separate and sort materials into your kerbside boxes. You can use one box if that is all you need or you can request additional or replacement boxes here.

Only use carrier bags for textiles, clothes and shoes. Never use black sacks for recycling as these may be mistaken for rubbish.

Collection crews pick up materials they drop or spill, but cannot pick up those blown down the street.

We do not supply lids for recycling boxes. To assist with storage between collection, stretch covers are available to buy direct from Coral Products on 01942 272882.

More materials can be taken for recycling at our recycling centres, including drinks cartons and cooking oil. And you can take things like portable batteries to collection points at many shops.