Week one success for Recycle More Mark Ford November 5, 2021 Latest News Friday 5 November – Recycle More has successfully completed its first week in Taunton Deane with tonnes more recycling collected from the area’s kerbsides. Around 55,000 households have had inaugural expanded collection and around 17,000 the first of their new three-weekly rubbish collections. It has been a heavy week for collections with some residents stock-piling new materials for Recycle More collections, an influx of Halloween pumpkins and some vehicle breakdowns. Any collections not completed today should be returned for tomorrow or Monday 8 November at the latest. Another 7,000 homes are already due a one-off rubbish collection this Saturday. These will make sure they do not go more than three weeks between rubbish collections as they move to the new service. If you are affected it will be made clear on the front of the household’s recently delivered orange and blue “Coming soon!” leaflet, as well as on the collection day calendar inside. Please check to make sure you do not miss out. Collection days have changed for around a half of households. As well as the collection calendar, days and dates can be checked at somersetwaste.gov.uk using the My Collection Day feature. If you require a replacement leaflet or Bright Blue Bag please request one using the online form on the Somerset West and Taunton website www.somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk/recycling-and-waste/recycle-more/ or by calling the council. In Mendip and South Somerset, it is estimated that the service is collecting more than 100 extra tonnes of recycling each week. It is hoped that Taunton Deane will soon be delivering the similar results or better. “This is an important change that means everyone doing things a little differently,” said Mickey Green, SWP Managing Director. “It’s early days but we have seen people across the area embrace the new routine which is very promising. At a time of so much talk about climate change, recycling more is something we can all do every day to help that cause.” Recycle More has added the following to weekly recycling collections: Plastic pots, tubs and trays Food and drink cartons such as Tetra Pak Small batteries Small electrical items An extra recycling container – the Bright Blue Bag – has been delivered to homes across the area and residents need put different items into different containers. Bright Blue Bag – plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays; tins and cans, aerosols and foil Green box – glass bottles and jars and cartons (such as Tetra Paks) Black box – paper and card (please keep separate) Brown food waste bin – all food waste Household electricals go in an untied carrier bag on top of recycling – bags will be returned. Small batteries go into tied bread bags, freezer or similar see-through bags. Recycle More cannot recycle all plastics; the following SHOULD NOT go out for collection: Plastic bags, wrappers or plastic film coverings from trays or punnets, Crisp packets or pet food pouches Plastic toys or plastic plant pots Expanded polystyrene Some supermarkets now take some of these materials so please check where you shop. You can also check www.terracycle.com for local volunteer collections. For more information about what plastics can be recycled where, visit somersetwaste.gov.uk/act-on-plastics/ If you cannot reuse or recycle them, put them in your rubbish bin. Advice and support are available. Please make contact using the online form www.somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk/recycling-and-waste/recycle-more/ or by calling the council. For the latest updates on Recycle More follow Somerset Waste Partnership @somersetwaste #recyclemore on Twitter and Facebook.