Update Wednesday: no return collections if recycling missed
Recycling collections continue as usual but if your recycling is missed, we cannot make a catch-up pick-up. Please take the boxes and food waste bin back in and put them out next week, when we will do our best to prioritise your collection.
With dozens of staff self-isolating because of Covid-19 symptoms or risks, waste services have had to be curtailed so crews can concentrate on core tasks. Those crews are doing a great job; apologies for any inconvenience.
Please help them finish their rounds each day: rinse containers, squash all but aerosols and glass if safe to do so, flatten all cardboard boxes and tear up cardboard, sort-segregate materials without using carrier bags, and put it all – including all food waste, in the food waste bin – out by 7am.
If you have no space to store recycling, as a last resort, put the minimum possible into your rubbish.
Poor parking can prevent kerbside collections. Please use designated spaces, and leave plenty of room. Remember: if your recycling lorry cannot get through, fire trucks and ambulances may well be blocked.
Rubbish collections and clinical waste continue as usual. If either of these is missed, report it with the pull-down My Waste Services menu at www.somersetwaste.gov.uk or via district council customer services: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/contact-us/
Garden waste collections are suspended (existing 2020-21 subscriptions will be extended for 12 months from the restart of collections); bulky waste collections are suspended; no new container orders are being accepted, though existing orders will be fulfilled.
Recycling sites remain closed. Please store materials and items you would otherwise drop off at recycling sites and do not add them to your rubbish. In particular, do not take risks with electrical items, batteries and gas canisters as these can cause a fire risk in your bin or the rubbish trucks.
If you have coronavirus symptoms or are in a household with someone showing symptoms, government guidance says:
“Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin. Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.”
Symptoms or no symptoms, but no tissues, wipes or cleaning cloths in your recycling. And do observe all usual hygiene precautions when handling waste and waste containers, including washing your hands before and after putting out your recycling and rubbish for collection.
To shop less, save £££s and cut waste in your kitchen, visit: https://www.facebook.com/SomersetWaste/posts/2931256510243742
Your garden waste options: https://www.facebook.com/SomersetWaste/posts/2929057093797017
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IMPORTANT: For now, recycling items taken are not changing. More here:
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Recycling and Rubbish
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Waste Disposal and Collection
Public Health England (PHE) has advice for anyone with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), including those with a diagnosis of infection, who must remain at home until they are well.
Personal waste (e.g. used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within your own room. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.
Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.
When cleaning, Public Health England advises using your usual household products, like detergents and bleach as these will be very effective at getting rid of the virus on surfaces. Clean frequently touched surfaces.
For further information on COVID-19, please see Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Advice for Residents.