South Somerset: Recycle More – steer clear of stockpiling

South Somerset: Recycle More – steer clear of stockpiling

Monday 24 May – South Somerset recyclers are asked to resist the urge to stockpile in the run up to Recycle More.

The expanded service launches at the end of June, adding plastic pots, tubs and trays to weekly kerbside recycling collections as well as cartons, small household electricals and batteries.

It may be tempting to store these up ready for the new collections, but the message from Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is please do not stockpile.

Extra-large loads would make the first new collections very tough for crews and vehicles. Until Recycle More arrives residents are asked to make full use of recycling sites to dispose of the new items.

The sites in Yeovil, Chard and Crewkerne already take all the new materials. Castle Cary and Somerton take everything except cartons.

Mickey Green, SWP Managing Director, said: “We want the new service to get off to a flying start and that will be easier if the first collections are not inundated.

“So, please carry on recycling as normal until Recycle More starts, making full use of your local recycling centres.”

Last week residents across the district received warm-up leaflets introducing the new service. These are also available on online and in several different languages alongside with lots more information www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/recycle-more

A second leaflet is due to arrive in the week beginning 7 June providing further detail including a ‘what goes where’ guide and a collection day calendar. It is important that everyone holds on to these leaflets to refer back to.

With much more being recycled, Recycle More means rubbish will be collected every three weeks instead of every two.

Residents can prepare by making sure they have all the recycling containers they need. Everyone can have a green and a black recycling box, plus a food waste bin.

All can be ordered for FREE quickly and easily online at www.somersetwaste.gov.uk using the My Waste Service menu.

Recycle More was first launched at the end of October in Mendip where it is working well and has seen around 100 tonnes of extra recycling collected each week.