Waste Collections - Christmas 2017 Collections etc
Somerset Waste Partnership
Revised festive collections
Recycling/rubbish collections will be two days later than usual, including Thursday pick-ups on
Saturday 30 December and Friday pick-ups on Sunday 31 December.
New Year week:
All collections one day later, with Friday pick-ups on Saturday 6 January.
No garden waste collections between Monday 25 December and Friday 5 January (inclusive). - We do this every year to help the busy refuse crews.
All back to normal on Monday 8 Jan.
Open on all usual days except all are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Take natural, decoration-free trees to your local recycling centre for composting. If you have our garden waste service (or a neighbour who is willing to let you use theirs) put Christmas trees under 6ft beside your garden waste bin or sack. As an absolute last resort you can leave it out with your refuse on your usual collection day between 8-19 January, (but this does mean it is
Wrapping paper (non metallic/plastic)
Remove all decorations and recycle with cardboard in your black box or at recycling sites.
More from SWP...
SWP 10th birthday
This autumn we celebrated the 10th
“birthday” of Somerset Waste
Partnership. Did you know that:
SWP was formed in 2007 making it
the first county-wide waste
partnership in the country. We
collect and dispose of waste from
over 250,000 households every
In 2009, SWP published the UK’s
first End Use Register , showing
what happens to all our waste.
96% of the recyclable materials we
collect at kerbside and at recycling
sites is recycled in the UK.
Since 2013 the Walpole anaerobic
digestion plant has turned all of
Somerset’s food waste into energy
By 2020 we will not send any refuse
to landfill as our waste will instead
be used to generate energy. This
won’t affect our drive to recycle
Around half of what is in the
average bin in Somerset could be
recycled – so there is more to do.
Recycle More update
Recycle More will mean more collected
every week at the kerbside (including
small electrical appliances, food and
drink cartons, plastic packaging). With
so much collected each week, what
little waste is left over will be collected
every 3 weeks.
On 3 November the Somerset Waste
Board and Kier agreed to end their
kerbside waste and recycling
collections contract 18 months early.
Ending this contract in March 2020 will
enable us to procure a new contractor
to implement Recycle More, and aligns
the start of the contract with the
procurement of a new fleet of vehicles
dedicated to the new service.
Until Recycle More service is rolled out
we unfortunately cannot collect food
and drink cartons or plastic tubs, pots
However, all plastic bottles from
throughout the house, including those
for cosmetics, oil and cleaning
products, can go in your recycling box
after being rinsed and squashed.
Batteries and small electrical
appliances can be taken to all recycling
sites for recycling and food and drink
cartons (e.g. Tetrapaks) can be
recycled at centres excluding Castle
Cary (Dimmer), Cheddar, Somerton
and Dulverton Community recycling
Energy from Waste plant update
Somerset’s new energy from waste
plant is on track to start operating in
April 2020. So whatever waste is left
after everything has been recycled will
be used to generate electricity. It will
also deliver £1.3m annual savings.
Walpole and Dimmer Waste Transfer
Stations are expected to be operational
by May 2019.
Somerset Waste Board
SWP works to the Somerset Waste
Board, which is made up of two
members from each of the six partner
councils. Our website has more details.
The next board meeting is on Friday 15
December 2017 (papers available
Board membership by council is:
Mendip – Cllrs Nigel Woollcombe-
Adams (Vice Chair), Nigel Taylor
Sedgemoor – Cllrs Dawn Hill, Gill
Somerset County – Cllrs David
Hall, Clare Aparicio Paul
South Somerset – Cllrs Jo
Roundell Greene, Derek Yeomans
Taunton Deane Borough – Cllrs
Patrick Berry, Steve Ross
West Somerset – Cllrs Martin
Dewdney, Brenda Maitland-Walker
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