Saturday catch-up collections in South Somerset and Wellington area Mark Ford July 2, 2021 Latest News Friday 2 July – Crews will be working this Saturday (3 July) to pick-up missed recycling collections in South Somerset and the Wellington area. The weekend working is to try and catch up on recycling collections missed on Thursday (1 July) and any missed today (2 July) in various South Somerset locations and Wellington and Nynehead. Saturday crews are also aiming to collect any garden waste missed over the course of this week as services continue to be disrupted by the nationwide driver shortage. Residents are asked to leave their waste containers out for collection overnight, or make sure they are out by 6am tomorrow. Please report any missed collections online and we will do our best to collect them as soon as we can, within two days wherever possible. Saturday catch-up recycling collections will be taking place in the following South Somerset locations (as well as Wellington and Nynehead): Ashill, Barrington, Barton St David, Buckland St Mary, Chard, Combe St Nicholas, Compton Dundon, Curry Rivel, Drayton, East Lambrook, Ham, High Ham, Howley, Huish Episcopi, Hurcot, Ilminster, Isle Brewers, Keinton Mendeville, Langport, Long Sutton, Low Ham, Marsh, Oath, Sea, Shepton Beauchamp, Somerton, Stembridge, Wambrook, Whitstaunton. Deliveries of replacement containers are behind schedule. If you have ordered new boxes, bins or bags please bear with us – they will get to you, but it is taking longer than usual. Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) collections and deliveries have been seriously disrupted since the beginning of June. The partnership sincerely apologises for the frustration this is causing residents and is working hard with its contractor SUEZ to get services back on track. The well-documented national LGV driver shortage has been worsened by Covid-19 which has delayed training and testing. EU drivers leaving the UK has added to the pressures, as has the driver demand created by recent reopening of non-essential retail. The recruitment of drivers and collection crews is especially difficult in Somerset because it is home to many distribution centres. Any qualified Large Goods vehicle (LGV) drivers are urged to consider vacancies available at locations across the county. There are also loader roles to be filled and details for all vacancies can be found at www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/job2021 Please check SWP’s website for updates at somersetwaste.gov.uk.