** TUESDAY 24 MARCH: Today’s update on all services here: https://www.facebook.com/SomersetWaste/posts/2920058861363507
All Monday kerbside recycling and rubbish collections as usual except …
… please accept our apologies, staffing issues linked to coronavirus (COVID-19) mean garden waste collections are suspended until further notice. More info below. And all 16 recycling sites closed until further notice – details below.
Recycling collections as usual from 7am but please rinse all containers, squash all but glass and aerosols, and sort-segregate materials – it speeds up collections – without using carrier bags. All food waste that cannot be home composted should go in your food waste bin, which can be put on top of your stacked boxes – see photo – to stop recycling materials being blown out.
Rubbish collections as usual from 7am but you should observe the following government guidance:
“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.”
Bulky waste collections: these are continuing as usual but with one important change to avoid any health risks; crews can no longer collect any items from inside people’s homes.
Waste containers: so staff are available for priority tasks, no new requests for bins, recycling boxes or food waste caddies are being accepted until further notice. Teams will try to deliver those already ordered.
Recycling sites: Due to the large number of users at recycling sites, it has been impossible to maintain the required social distancing to ensure the safety of both our teams and users of the facilities. In order to protect members of the public and employees, all 16 recycling sites will be closed until they can be operated safely. In the meantime, it is strongly recommended that everyone should follow the Government advice and stay at home.
Garden waste collections: we are extending subscriptions to last a full 12 months from the resumption of collections so subscribers will not lose out financially. Your options for uncollected garden waste include leaving it within the bin for resumed collections and composting the materials in your garden. More on composting: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/home-composting/ NB: Dumping garden waste outside your garden – where it can be a hazard to livestock or block water courses etc – is illegal fly-tipping.
We apologise for the inconvenience of the various service changes at this time. Please bear with us in what are unprecedented circumstances for everyone.
We are doing our very best to keep things moving, and your help is very much appreciated.
And for those who have read this far, sorry there is so much to say and thanks for making the effort – do share this information online and off, and urge others to follow @Somersetwaste on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
More on coronavirus and waste, and service changes, here: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/coronavirus/