South Somerset: Box clever and prepare Recycle More

South Somerset: Box clever and prepare Recycle More

Tuesday 27 April 2021 – South Somerset residents are being urged to prepare for their exciting new recycling service by thinking inside the box.

Recycle More is coming to South Somerset at the end of June and will see Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) collect much more recycling from the kerbside every week.

With much more recycling, rubbish collections happening every three weeks instead of every two.

Making full use of the weekly recycling collections is the key to success, and that means making sure you have all the containers you need.

Everyone can have a green and a black recycling box, plus a food waste bin. All are FREE and can be ordered quickly and easily online using the My Waste Service menu.

Whether your boxes are broken, missing or you have never had the full set, order them now and be ready when Recycle More arrives at the end of June.

Now is also the perfect time to check you are recycling everything you can, including food waste – all of which is recycling here in Somerset, turned into electricity and farm compost.

To help South Somerset get ready for the change, SWP is hosting Question and Answer session on its @somersetwaste Facebook page. The first takes place on Friday, 7 May from 12noon to 1pm, with further sessions as follows:

  • Tuesday 25 May (7-8pm)
  • Wednesday 16 June (7-8am)
  • Monday 5 July (7-8pm)


Launched successfully in Mendip last year, Recycle More will add the following items to South Somerset’s weekly recycling collections:


  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays
  • Food and drink cartons
  • Small batteries
  • Small electrical items


Every home will have a new recycling container – a ‘Bright Blue Bag’ – delivered a week or two before the new service starts.


People will need to put different things into different containers, with the bag used to for plastic pots, tubs and trays; and metal items like tins, cans, tin foil and empty aerosols.

Everyone in South Somerset will be sent information about Recycle More twice before the service starts, at six weeks and three weeks before launch. This will include a collection day calendar and guide to what recycling goes into which container.

More detail can be found on the SWP website

Extra support is available for anyone with concerns about Recycle More. Please visit for more information or check the leaflets coming through your front door next month.

Garden and clinical waste collections will not change with Recycle More.

For more information visit For information about how to reduce and reuse your waste, visit and follow @somersetwaste on Twitter and Facebook.