Recycling sites re-opening

From Monday 1 June, all 16 recycling sites will be returning to standard summer opening hours. Opening hours information will be updated on the Somerset Waste Partnership website from Monday morning.

For more information, see here. Note that for Frome, Taunton and Yeovil, this will mean a return to seven days a week opening. From Monday, we will also be ending the odds and even number plate access system for all sites.

All other restrictions remain in place – no extra materials are being accepted compared to this week, max two people per household, wearing gloves, trailers and 3.5 tonne vans only between 4pm and 6pm on weekdays.

While this is a key step towards business as usual, we are avoiding making too many changes at once so we do not create an unmanageable or unsafe situation for residents or staff.

There will be further phases to get us back to as close to usual as possible.

We will continue to highlight that queues are to be expected due to the social distancing measures that are in place, and will remind people to turn off their engines if waiting, and that trips should only be made if they are really necessary.

Somerset Waste Partnership’s roll-out of the Recycle More service that will expand kerbside recycling. Under the proposals, Recycle More would be introduced in four phases over around 18 months, starting in Mendip at the end of October this year. South Somerset would see the service at end of June/early July 2021.

UPDATE 28.7.2020

Key features of Recycle More include:

  • Expanded weekly kerbside recycling, notably adding plastic pots, tubs and trays.
  • All households to receive a new recycling container – a ‘bright blue bag’.
  • Three weekly rubbish collections – as more recycling means more space in bins.
  • New collection days for many households.

The new service will be introduced area by area so SWP’s five depots can be upgraded to handle thousands of tonnes of extra recycling. This means Recycle More will not reach some parts of the county for some time and until it arrives it is important that people continue to recycle as they do now.

Link to SSDC Recycling Website:

Updated August 2020
https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/recycle-more/

Regards

Nick Cater
Senior Communications Officer
Somerset Waste Partnership