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11 recycling sites open, garden waste collections on new schedules

11 recycling sites open, garden waste collections on new schedules


Eleven recycling sites have reopend for essential visits only – in line with updated government guidance – and garden waste collections (see below) have also restarted but in many cases on new schedules.

To ensure social distancing, protect public and staff and limit numbers, there will be a range of temporary restrictions; queues and delays are likely.

Government guidance states visits should only take place if waste cannot be stored safely at home without risking harm or ill-health, or harm to public health and amenity. If not an essential journey, please wait until sites are back to usual. 

Recycling sites open from 11 May: Bridgwater, Chard, Dulverton, Frome, Highbridge, Street, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Williton and Yeovil.

The other five sites are due to reopen from Tuesday 26 May. 

All 11 will be open six days a week:

  • 9am-6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • 9am-4pm Saturdays and Sundays
  • all closed Thursdays

Access is “one in, one out”, and an odd/even number plate system will be used:

  • Odd numbers only Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays
  • Even numbers only Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays

Other restrictions include:

  • Maximum two people per household
  • No people with COVID-19 symptoms, or who have been asked to shield
  • No large vans (3.5 tonne) 9am-4pm*
  • No trailers 9am-4pm*
  • Gloves to be worn outside vehicles

Only these materials will be taken:

  • Refuse usually put in your rubbish bin, and bulky items, such as furniture
  • Garden waste
  • Large electrical items, such as cookers, fridges, TVs etc
  • Household hazardous waste, such as solvents, garden chemicals, paint thinners and antifreeze

Not taken until further notice:

  • Anything involving payment, such as charged-for hardcore, soil, tyres, gas bottles or vehicle parts (compost will not be available to buy)
  • Commercial waste
  • Asbestos or plasterboard

Please do not take, unless essential (as it will be landfilled, temporarily):

  • Anything usually recycled kerbside – food, cardboard, paper, cans, glass etc
  • Wood, metals, small electrical items
  • Plastic pots, tubs, trays, Tetra Paks and other beverage cartons

Find links here for queue cams to check traffic waiting at Bridgwater, Chard, Taunton and Yeovil.

* Single-axle short trailers and 3.5 tonne vans (including pick-ups, motorhomes or minibuses) are allowed on open sites between 4pm and 6pm on weekdays. Vans and trailers will need permits as usual. Other rules apply as normal, so no vans over 3.5 tonnes, no double-axle trailer or vans, pick-ups, motorhomes or minibuses towing trailers at any time. For information or to apply for a permit:


Garden waste collections have restarted

Collection of garden waste have restarted. Subscriptions for 2020-21 will run until mid-May 2021.

Many subscribers’ collection day and dates have changed. It’s important that subscribers sign up for My Account to check their new dates. 

(Tip: put gap in postcode, eg AB1 2CD. NB: Only garden waste collection days and dates have changed. No recycling or rubbish collection days or dates have changed; please ignore any changed dates for those services. Errors are being corrected.)

Collections will only be made from 2020-21 subscribers using bins with lids closed, or in paid-for garden waste bags.

Not collected:
* Garden waste not in official bins or sacks
* Garden waste from non-subscribers
* Bins with excess weight (if necessary, remove some material for next collection)
* Bins whose content include materials that are not accepted (see garden waste T&Cs here)

Contact your district customer services if you have not received a sticker or bin.

A garden waste collection costs £55.50 for the year, while garden waste sacks are £27.50 for 10. Order a subscription or sacks here, or contact your district council customer services here.