Milverton, Somerset
13/07/2024

Waste collection changes

For the week of 1 May Silver Street and Fore Street only will have changed collections to 2 May to avoid the waste collection vehicles being held up by stall holders setting up for the Street Fair.

Waste collection crews will collect on bank holiday Monday 1 May as normal for those streets with a usual Monday collection.

There are no waste collections on Monday 8 May. All collections will be a day later for the rest of the week and include collection on Saturday 13 May.

Recycling sites will open their usual opening hours. Check you waste and recycling collection days.

Suspension of garden waste collections reminder

Somerset Waste Partnership has reluctantly decided to suspend garden waste collections for six weeks from Monday 2 August. Collections are expected to restart from Monday 13 September. Should that date change, SWP will let subscribers know.

If you are a subscriber, you do not need to do anything. Your subscription will be automatically extended by eight weeks, in recognition the disruption.

Compost all you can

Turn your garden waste into compost, transforming your unwanted garden waste, vegetable peelings and non-cooked kitchen waste into a free, nutritious material that puts the goodness back into your garden.

If you home compost you could:

  • Save money – good compost can make excellent soil conditioner; saving time, money and effort
  • Improve your environment – the more you compost the less you send to landfill
  • Improve your garden – compost puts nutrition back into the soil, improving your garden or allotment.

You do not even need a compost bin to make compost. You can compost to add nutrients directly back to your soil in compost trenches or pits

Royal Horticultural Society have a video about making compost.

Reporting fly tipping

Fly-tipping, dumping rubbish, is an environmental crime. If you fly-tip you can be fined or jailed. It’s a blot on our landscape and a threat to wildlife. We can all fight fly-tipping by reporting dumped rubbish and, if possible, who dumped it.

Everyone, including businesses, must be responsible for how they get rid of rubbish, even when it’s left your home or premises. If you pay someone to remove your rubbish such as man-with-a-van, builders, gardeners, carpet-layers or others, ask to see their waste carrier’s licence, and make sure you know where your rubbish will go. If you don’t you could be fined.

To report fly-tipping use Somerset West and Taunton Council’s report fly-tipping online form or phone 0300 304 8000.

Easter bin collection

Every household in Somerset will have Easter waste collection day changes, but recycle sites will stay open, Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has announced.

With no pick-ups on Good Friday 2 April, these will take place a day later on Saturday 3 April.

No collections on Easter Monday 5 April mean that all the week’s kerbside services will be one day later, including Friday pick-ups on Saturday 10 April.

Usual day

  • Good Friday 2 April
  • Easter Monday 5 April
  • Tuesday 6 April
  • Wednesday 7 April
  • Thursday 8 April
  • Friday 9 April

 

Revised day

  • Saturday 3 April
  • Tuesday 6 April
  • Wednesday 7 April
  • Thursday 8 April
  • Friday 9 April
  • Saturday 10 April

Somerset Waste Partnership November update

The week’s announcement of a second national lockdown may prompt questions about the impact on Somerset Waste Partnership services, notably recycling sites which were closed during the first lockdown period earlier this year.

As things stand, the plan is that all 16 sites will remain open on standard opening hours. You may recall that the Government clarified near the end of the first lockdown that visits to recycling sites are considered ‘permitted journeys.’

Somerset’s sites already have measures in place to protect the public and staff and these include:

  • no one with COVID symptoms or those asked to shield should visit sites
  • strict social distancing must be followed
  • visitors are asked to wear gloves and are limited to a maximum of two per vehicle from the same household
  • masks are discretionary
  • site staff are not able to give their usual assistance in lifting heavy or large items

Collections, including Garden Waste and the roll-out of Recycle More, will continue as normal and we will be re-emphasising our messages about how people should dispose of personal waste if they, or someone in their household, has symptoms.

SWP, SUEZ and Viridor will continue to monitor the situation, guidance and any impacts on staff and will make changes if appropriate.

Mark Ford
Head of Communications and Engagement
Somerset Waste Partnership