SWP costs

Costs and savings

Services provided by Somerset Waste Partnership cost £179 per household, which can be broken down and summarised as shown in the table below.

Collection costs are funded by district councils. Recycling sites, organic waste treatment and landfill disposal are funded by the county council. Client (officer), communication and support costs are shared.

Further details are provided in the budget report to Somerset Waste Board, which is usually presented to their February meeting. Actual spending for each year is given in a budget monitoring report which is usually presented to the Board in June each year. These reports are published by Somerset County Council, which provides support services to Somerset Waste Partnership.

Net costs per household2013/142014/152015/162016/172017/182018/192019/20
Somerset Waste Partnership Total£164.70£165.75£176.82£171.75£172.24£176.54£179.27
Recycling collections£34.28£34.63£36.98£37.15£37.79£39.00£41.01
Recycling sites (Somerset average)£34.43£34.48£37.30£36.79£37.45£37.15£38.54
Anaerobic digestion and composting (Somerset average)£15.13£12.30£12.58£11.59£12.34£12.93£13.01
Refuse collections£24.07£23.46£24.72£24.15£24.43£24.96£25.74
Landfill disposal (Somerset average)£51.91£56.09£60.62£57.79£55.19£57.12£55.48
SWP client organisation (Somerset average)£4.17£4.09£3.92£4.25£4.41£4.62£4.82
Communication costs£0.13£0.13£0.13£0.13£0.13£0.18£0.18
Support Services to SWP (HR, legal, payroll, etc.)£0.57£0.57£0.57£0.50£0.50£0.49£0.49


  1. Costs shown exclude fees from garden waste and bulky waste collection charges, which are paid direct to district councils.
  2. Landfill disposal includes Recycling Credits paid by the county council for part of the savings made by recycling, which are also reflected in costs for recycling collections.
  3. Landfill tax has increased to £91.35 per tonne from 1 April 2019.
  4. Costs shown are the averages for Somerset. These vary slightly by district, reflecting variations in contract costs due mainly to differences in travel distances related to differing population densities.

Savings from increased waste reduction and recycling

In 2019/20, every tonne of waste prevented through reduction or reuse saves Council Tax payers over £116.95 per tonne. Every extra tonne recycled through kerbside collections will also save over £55.88 per tonne and every extra tonne of food waste recycled will save £35.94 per tonne.

Income from recycling

Our service contracts have been competitively awarded to Kier Services (formerly May Gurney) for collections and Viridor for recycling sites and waste disposal or treatment. Our contractors are responsible for marketing and selling materials collected for recycling. The income they receive offsets their collection costs and reduces contract costs that would otherwise apply for our partners.

Our contracts include provisions to allow Somerset Waste Partnership to be consulted on marketing arrangements, to receive reports on material prices and to share any excess profits that may arise when market values are high.

We publish an annual end-use register of how all the materials we collect are recycled.