Monday collections underway and business as usual at recycling sites – 12 open today 9am-6pm
All usual materials are now being taken at Somerset’s recycling sites.*
Visitors must take responsibility to keep themselves and others safe. Restrictions remain, including:
• Maintain social distance, wear gloves outside vehicles, max two people – same household – in vehicle, no one with COVID-19 symptoms, or those asked to shield
• Site staff cannot offer manual assistance with heavy items
• Permits continue – https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/apply-for-a-permit/ – no twin-axle trailers, no vans or pick-ups etc over 3.5 tonnes, at any time
Where’s open when and full site details, including queue cams at eight sites: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/allatall/
Report any missed collections after 6pm on the due day via your My Account at www.somersetwaste.gov.uk
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* Except, until they can be handled and stored safely, items intended for reuse.
Recycling sites take plastics and wood
From Monday 8 June, all Somerset recycling sites are taking yet more materials, including wood, paint, small electricals, and plastic pots, tubs and trays.
Not yet taking: cardboard, Tetra Paks/beverage cartons and more – see below.
All sites are now on their usual summer schedule but with a range of restrictions to ensure social distancing for the safety of customers and staff. Reduced loading bays are expected to bring long queues.
Only these materials are accepted at all 16 sites:
* NEW: Plastic pots, tubs and trays (recycled in UK)
* NEW: Man-made wood – chipboard, MDF, etc (recycled in UK)
* NEW: Natural wood – untreated timber, tree trunks, etc. (recycled in UK)
* NEW: Small household electrical items (recycled in UK)
* NEW: Paint (water-based recycled in UK; other paint landfilled in Somerset)
* 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)
* Hazardous household chemicals, such as solvents, garden chemicals, paint thinners and antifreeze (treated and disposed of in UK)
* Cooking oil, in disposable containers of up to five litres (recycled in UK)
* Engine oil, in disposable containers of up to five litres (recycled in UK)
* Metals (recycled in UK)
All these restrictions continue:
* Permits system – see https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/apply-for-a-permit/– still applies; no vans over 3.5 tonnes, no double-axle trailers, or vans, pick-ups, motorhomes or minibuses towing trailers, at any time
* All cars, and vans under 3.5 tonnes with permits, can access open sites at any time on any day
* If holding permits, single-axle short trailers and 3.5 tonne vans, including pick-ups, motorhomes or minibuses, can use open sites 4pm-6pm weekdays and at no other times
* Reduced parking bays and no access to usual recycling skips to ensure strict social distancing
* No people with COVID-19 symptoms, or those asked to shield
* Site staff cannot offer manual assistance with heavy items
* Maximum two people per household
* Gloves to be worn outside vehicles
* No pedestrian or bicycle access
* Access “one in, one out”
These materials are not taken until further notice:
* Anything involving payment – hardcore (including stone, rubble, clay, bricks and concrete, as well as sinks, tiles and toilets made from ceramics or porcelain), soil, tyres, gas bottles or vehicle parts
* Commercial waste
* Asbestos or plasterboard
NB: Compost is not available to buy.
Expect queues and delays. If queuing, turn off engine, maintain social distance with those waiting, and then unload on site swiftly to let others take your place. Queue cams are viewable for Bridgwater, Chard, Highbridge, Minehead, Street, Taunton, Wells and Yeovil: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/recycling-centre-queue-ca…/
Unless you really need to (they will, temporarily, be landfilled), do not bring any materials your can recycle in your weekly recycling collections.
If you want to recycle the many other materials usually taken at recycling sites, please hold on to them as what sites take is being widened step by step, the success of social distancing and site logistics.
We will announce when other materials are added; no dates yet for Tetra Paks/beverage cartons, cardboard, batteries, printer cartridges, light bulbs, textiles, clothes, shoes.
Where’s open when
* Mondays 9am-6pm – 12 sites open: Bridgwater, Castle Cary, Chard, Cheddar, Crewkerne, Frome, Minehead, Street, Taunton, Wells, Williton, Yeovil.
* Tuesdays 9am-6pm – nine sites open: Bridgwater, Castle Cary, Chard, Cheddar, Frome, Street, Taunton, Williton, Yeovil.
* Wednesdays 9am-6pm – 10 sites open: Cheddar, Highbridge, Frome, Minehead, Somerton, Street, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Yeovil.
* Thursdays 9am-6pm – 10 sites open: Bridgwater, Chard, Frome, Highbridge, Minehead, Somerton, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Yeovil.
* Fridays 9am-6pm – 10 sites open: Bridgwater, Chard, Frome, Highbridge, Minehead, Somerton, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Yeovil.
* Saturdays 9am-4pm – all 16 sites open.
* Sundays 9am-4pm – all 16 sites open.
As sites move towards business as usual after COVID-19 closures, Somerset Waste Partnership is continuing to ask people to only visit if really necessary and to take full advantage of weekly kerbside recycling, rubbish and garden waste collections.
Mickey Green, Managing Director at SWP, said: “This is another big step forward and we thank everyone for their continued patience and understanding. Social distancing measures will remain for the foreseeable future, so the advice remains to only come if you really need to because you may find yourself facing a lengthy wait.
“We’re all trying to get back to as close to normal as possible, and in Somerset that means great recycling. Most people in Somerset recycle and that helps protect our environment and tackle climate change. Recycling everything you can and making sure it’s properly sorted into the containers helps us reuse and recycle more than 130,000 tonne of waste each year, of which more than 90% stays in the UK.”
Collections and missed collections
All collections are taking place on usual schedules. If any collection is missed, report this after 6pm on collection day via your My Account at www.somersetwaste.gov.uk
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