What to do with waste in cold, wet or windy weather

What to do with waste in cold, wet or windy weather

Please check our essential advice on weather and waste, below. In severe weather, updates are posted on SWP’s website here, and on the SomersetWaste Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Click here to check MetOffice South West weather warnings; click here for Environment Agency flood information; click here for flood alert map; check here for travel disruption and road works that could affect collections.

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This is our essential weather and waste advice for kerbside collections and recycling sites (see below):

  • In severe weather, collection services may be delayed or suspended and recycling centres may close at short notice.
  • If a collection is missed in severe weather, crews will make a return pick-up as soon as possible.  Put out missed containers by 7am for up to four calendar days for recycling, and up to seven calendar days for rubbish/garden waste. If still no collection, take containers back in and put them out by 7am on the next usual collection day.
  • To help your crew work swiftly and efficiently, sort and roughly segregate materials in your boxes, without using carrier bags. Squash all except glass and aerosols to reduce the risk of light items, such as plastic bottles or drinks cans, being blown out of boxes. Stack boxes with the locked food waste bin on top.
  • Garden waste collections may be suspended to help maintain rubbish and recycling collections, as per the collection service terms and conditions. If there are delays to paid-for garden waste collections, options include home composting, taking garden waste to any open recycling site, or storing materials.
  • Check when recycling sites are open near your routes to work or leisure.
  • Finally, do help friends, family and neighbours to recycle more, waste less and save money. Pass on good advice, let them know about changes in services, and help anyone elderly, infirm or disabled with containers (and remind them about our assisted collections service) or in taking excess materials to recycling sites, especially during periods of severe weather. Where possible, clear snow and ice from pavements yourself – click here for the government advice  – which helps pedestrians, kerbside collectors and your postperson.

Recycling sites – usual opening hours (unless closed due to weather)

Avoid unnecessary travel during severe weather.  These recycling sites are open for refuse and all kerbside recycling materials unless forced to close at short notice due to the weather.  If food waste must be discarded, double bag and place in “cannot recycle here” skip. Check here for what other materials are taken where.

Mondays 8am-4pm: Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead, Taunton, Yeovil.

Mondays 8am-7pm: Castle Cary (Dimmer), Chard, Cheddar, Crewkerne (£2 entry fee), Dulverton (£2 entry fee), Highbridge, Somerton, Street, Wellington, Wells (Dulcote), Williton.

Tuesdays-Wednesdays 8am-4pm: Bridgwater, Castle Cary, Cheddar, Crewkerne (£2 entry fee), Dulverton (£2 entry fee), Frome, Minehead, Street, Taunton, Wellington, Williton, Yeovil.

Thursdays-Fridays 8am-4pm: Bridgwater, Chard, Frome, Highbridge, Minehead, Somerton, Taunton, Wells (Dulcote), Yeovil.

Saturdays 8am-4pm: All 16 sites.

Sundays 8am-1pm: Castle Cary (Dimmer), Chard, Cheddar, Crewkerne (£2 entry fee), Dulverton (£2 entry fee), Highbridge, Somerton, Street, Wellington, Wells (Dulcote), Williton.

Sundays 8am-4pm: Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead, Taunton, Yeovil.