South Somerset: Ready to Recycle More

South Somerset: Ready to Recycle More

Wednesday 23 June – A new era of recycling starts in South Somerset next week with the first Recycle More collections on Monday (28 June).

Recent issues with some collections have not delayed the arrival of Somerset Waste Partnership’s (SWP) new service which adds new materials to weekly kerbside recycling.

More recycling means less rubbish, so rubbish bins and bags will be collected every three weeks rather than every two.

Residents can use the calendar in their “Recycle More is coming soon” leaflet to see their first new collection day and collection days for the next 12 months. Please check because collection days will be changing for around a third of households.

And the calendar will show if you are one of a limited number of households having an extra rubbish collection this Saturday (26 June). These will make sure no-one has too long to wait between rubbish collections as we move to the new service.

Please put your rubbish out this Saturday if your calendar says so.

If you have not had your Bright Blue Bag yet, please hold-tight. The new recycling containers are still being delivered across the district and this will continue into the weekend if needed.

Recycle More has been running in Mendip since October where it has seen 100 tonnes of extra recycling collected every week.

It adds the following items to the weekly collections: 

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

People will need to put different things into different containers. Please check your leaflet and blue bag tag for your simple, colour-coded explanation of what goes where.

The Bright Blue Bags should be used for:

  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays (rinsed and squashed/nested)
  • Tins and cans (rinsed and, if safe, crushed)
  • Aerosols (empty)
  • Foil (rinsed)

Green box – glass bottles and jars, and cartons, including Tetra Pak

Black box – paper and card

Brown food waste bin – all food waste

Carrier bags – small household batteries, small electrical items (crews will return bags)

SWP Managing Director Mickey Green said: “This is a very busy time for our crews but Recycle More is extremely important and we are excited to be bringing it to South Somerset before the summer.

“Somerset has a great recycling record, but we can do even better. Still more than half the contents of the average bin in the county could have been recycled and that’s something we need to change with South Somerset’s help.”

Anyone with questions or concerns about Recycle More can find more information online somersetwaste.gov.uk/recycle-more or call South Somerset District Council on 01935 462462.

SWP is holding its next out of hours Recycle More Facebook Q&A session on Monday 5 July, 7-8pm. Please post your questions as comments @somersetwaste and the team will respond.

For the latest updates on Recycle More follow Somerset Waste Partnership @somersetwaste #recyclemore on Twitter and Facebook.