South Somerset: Online Recycle More Q&As

South Somerset: Online Recycle More Q&As

Wednesday 5 May 2021 – South Somerset residents can click and collect the answers to all their Recycle More questions in online Q&A sessions over the coming weeks.

Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) launches its expanded recycling service across the district at the end of June, making it easier to recycle more and protect the environment.

To help make sure everyone understands what is changing and when, it is running out of hours Facebook Q&A sessions and joining several online Talking Cafes.

The first Facebook session is this Friday, 7 May between 12-1pm, with three more planned between now and early July:

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

SWP has more than 14,000 followers on its @somersetwaste Facebook page and is urging the South Somerset contingent to go online with their Recycle More queries – just visit the page and post questions as comments once the session has started.

SWP is also joining three South Somerset Talking Café Live events to discuss all things Recycle More.

Hosted by the Community Council for Somerset (CCS), the cafes are open to anyone and everyone but especially useful for those who may be more isolated or vulnerable.

Visit www.facebook.com/talkingcafesomerset and join the conversation ‘live’ or watch the recorded sessions later. Cafes start at 1pm and last around 45 minutes:

  • Thursday 20 May
  • Thursday 17 June
  • Thursday 15 July

Recycle More is the biggest change to recycling in the county for more than a decade and is already working well in Mendip where it was launched on October last year.

Everyone will be written to twice with more information before anything changes.

The new service means the following items added to 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.

Lots more recycling means much less rubbish, so rubbish bins or sacks will be collected every three weeks instead of the current two weeks.

Collections days will also change for roughly a third of South Somerset residents.

Extra guidance and support is available for those who need it. Visit somersetwaste.gov.uk/recycle-more for more information.