19 June 2020
Recycling sites: ‘shop-style’ social distancing on its way
Visitors to Somerset Waste Partnership’s recycling centres will find ‘shop-style’ social distancing arrangements in place over the next week.
Floor markings and other extra signs are being introduced to all 16 sites in the coming days. The set-up will be similar to that seen in supermarkets and other shops, with visitors expected to take responsibility for keeping themselves and others safe.
Sites were closed in March in response to COVID-19 and reopened in May with extra staff and barriers on hand to make sure social distancing was followed and to control access to waste skips.
This extra staffing has been gradually phased out and over the course of the next week, starting on Saturday (20 June), barriers will be removed.
Other safety and access restrictions remain in place:
- Gloves to be worn when outside the vehicle
- Maximum of two people per household
- Trailers and 3.5 tonne vans only allowed between 4pm and 6pm on weekdays
- Lifting assistance not available.
- There will be a further update when all sites can take the last few materials currently not being accepted, including glass and cardboard which can be recycled at the kerbside.
Sites have experienced long queues at times, especially in the morning, and the public is still advised to only make trips to the tip if really necessary.
All sites are now open for their usual summer hours. Queue cams are operating for Bridgwater, Chard, Highbridge, Minehead, Street, Taunton, Wells and Yeovil. Please check before you leave
For more information about how to reduce and reuse your waste, visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk
5 June 2020
Recycling sites: plastics and wood taken from 8 June
Somerset’s recycling sites will accept more materials from next week.
From Monday 8 June, all 16 sites will take plastic pots, tubs and trays; waste wood (man-made or natural); small household electrical items (such as toasters); and paint.
This is as well as the other materials already being accepted as the service moves back towards business as usual after sites were closed due to COVID-19.
Please remember, any items you would usually pay to have disposed of will not be accepted, such as commercial waste, tyres, gas bottles, soil and hardcore, vehicle parts, plasterboard and asbestos.
All sites are now open for their usual summer hours and the odd and even number plate access system is no longer in place.
Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is advising people only to come to the sites if they really need to. Long queues are expected, especially first thing in the morning, as the number of unloading bays has been reduced to allow social distancing. Other access restrictions remain in place:
- Maximum of two people per household
- Gloves must be worn
- Strict social distancing
- Trailers and 3.5 tonne vans only allowed access 4pm-6pm weekdays.
The full list of materials taken at Somerset recycling sites from Monday:
- Rubbish – material you would usually put in your black rubbish bin, excess black bags not taken by kerbside collections (landfilled in Somerset)
- Bulky items, such as furniture and mattresses (landfilled in Somerset)
- Garden waste (composted in Somerset)
- Large household electrical items – white goods, TVs etc (recycled in UK)
- Small household electrical items – irons, toaster etc (recycled in UK)
- Hazardous household chemicals, such as solvents, garden chemicals, paint thinners and antifreeze (treated and disposed of in UK)
- Cooking oil and engine oil, in disposable containers of up to five litres (recycled in UK)
- Scrap metal (recycled in UK)
- Plastic pots, tubs and trays (recycled in UK)
- Paint (water-based recycled in UK; other paint landfilled)
- Man-made wood – chipboard, MDF, etc (recycled in UK)
- Natural wood – untreated timber, tree trunks, etc (recycled in UK)
Access to most recycling skips is not possible. Unless you really need to, please do not bring materials that can go in the continuing weekly recycling collections (these will temporarily be landfilled): www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/recycling-collections.
Visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk for more about how to reduce and reuse your waste. Visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest information about services and any disruption, and follow @somersetwaste on Twitter and Facebook.
The latest Somerset Waste Partnership briefing for November 2019 is available here.
New collections contractor
Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has selected SUEZ recycling and recovery UK (SUEZ) to collect kerbside recycling and rubbish across Somerset.
Full details including the increase in materials to be collected in weekly kerbside recycling here.
Waste and Recycling Refuse collection
Click the links for the current (2019/20) calendar
Recycling collection (black and green boxes and brown food-waste box)– every Friday
Somerset Waste Partnership
Paint recycling at sites
As part of the ongoing battle to reduce the amount of household waste we send to landfill, a new paint recycling pilot has now commenced for water based paints at the 14 Recycling Centres and two Community Recycling Sites.
If you find that once you have refreshed your living room wall or given your hall walls a makeover, that you still have some water based paint left over, you now have the option to take it to your local site where it will be accepted for recycling rather than disposal.
The pilot is expected to last for at least six months and will give us an idea of whether the recycling route is a viable option for the future. If you take your water based paints to one of the sites, please let the staff know and they will direct you to the appropriate container.
Just as a reminder, it is still far better to offer your left over paint to someone else who may be able to make use of it rather than taking it to one of the sites.
Recycling sites van and trailer permits
From 3rd October 2016 Somerset Waste Partnership is introducing a new permit system for some vehicles to reduce congestion at its recycling centres.
There is no requirement for permits for private cars (not towing a trailer) and the details for other vehicles can be found here.