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Summer hours at recycling sites from 1 April and Garden waste subscribers – it is time to renew

For Immediate Release    —  24 March 2021

 All of Somerset’s 16 recycling sites switch to their summer timetables from Thursday 1 April – but for essential journeys only to start with.

When open on weekdays, they will continue to start at 9 am but close an hour later, at 6 pm. Year-round Saturday and Sunday hours remain 9 am-4 pm at all 16 sites.

 

In line with government guidance, Somerset Waste Partnership is still advising residents to only make trips if they really have to, for example, because waste at home is causing some kind of risk.

 

This advice will be reviewed as part of the national lifting of lockdown restrictions but will not change until 12 April at the earliest. On-site safety precautions continue including social distancing, no staff assistance with unloading, gloves must be worn.

 

Members of the public are asked to consider wearing a mask.

 

Please check government restrictions on travel and Somerset Waste Partnership safety measures before making a visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/allatall/

 

Latest site details including opening days can be found at somersetwaste.gov.uk/recycling/centres

 

With an impressive average recycling rate of well over 75%, Somerset’s recycle site network is open every day of the year except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day to take dozens of materials.

 

Winter hours – 9 am-5 pm when sites are open weekdays – resume on Friday 1 October 2021.

 

To keep up to date with waste services, sign up for the SWP e-newsletter at somersetwaste.gov.uk or follow somersetwaste on Facebook or Twitter.

Notes to Editors

Somerset Waste Partnership is the local authority team managing waste services for all Somerset councils.

Media contacts:

Head of Communications and Engagement Mark Ford 07977412198 mford@somersetwaste.gov.uk

Garden waste subscribers – it is time to renew

Spring is in the air which means it is time for garden waste subscribers to renew quickly and easily online.

Reminder letters and emails are on their way to 50,000 green-fingered subscribers from district councils. But there is no need to wait, you can log-on now and sign-up for the coming year.

Subscriptions can be renewed through the Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) website (somersetwaste.gov.uk/garden-waste-collections) or any district council website.

Online payments available 24/7 are the quickest and easiest way to renew.

Due to the Covid disruption to garden waste collections last year, current subscriptions were extended. Renewed and new subscriptions will run for 12 months from 10 May this year.

To guarantee uninterrupted collections you need to renew by Friday, 7 May.

This year the garden waste service is going stickerless for the first time thanks to new technology.

Stickers will no longer be issued for bin lids, with the crews instead using in-cab tech and real-time information to know who has subscribed and needs a collection – making it even more important for you to renew on time.

The 25-collection annual service costs £57.20.

New subscribers can sign up at any time but will not get a service until their first scheduled collection after 10 May.

Cannot wait until then? A 10-pack of garden waste sacks cost £28.30 from 1 April. These can be ordered, and collections requested, via the My Waste Services menu at somersetwaste.gov.uk.

For more information on garden waste services, go to somersetwaste.gov.uk/garden-waste-collections.

To keep up to date with waste services, sign up for the SWP e-newsletter at somersetwaste.gov.uk or follow somersetwaste on Facebook or Twitter.

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Notes to Editors

Somerset Waste Partnership is the local authority team managing waste services for all Somerset councils.

Media contacts:

Head of Communications and Engagement Mark Ford 07977412198 mford@somersetwaste.gov.uk

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