Somerset Waste Partnership expects the following areas missed on Friday to be collected on Saturday:
- Mendip: parts of Glastonbury and Street
- South Somerset: parts of Chard
- Taunton Deane: Dobree Park and Westford Grange areas in Wellington
Standard practice is to try to return within two working days, so residents should re-present uncollected waste on Saturday or, if still uncollected, on Monday by 7am.
Residents are urged to remind neighbours, especially if they are elderly or infirm, about the situation.
Somerset Waste Partnership will be aware if full streets have been missed, so residents do not need to contact their district council customer services.
The catch-up pick-ups are in addition to the final holiday day changes that mean usual “Friday” collections are taking place on Saturday this week.
All usual services resume from Monday 11 January on their standard schedules, including garden waste.
To speed up collections and help hard working crews, SWP urges:
- Sort and segregate all materials in recycling boxes
- Rinse all containers, discard tops into rubbish
- Squash all except glass and aerosols
- Flatten large cardboard under recycling boxes (any more than equivalent of two recycling boxes should be dropped off at a recycling site)
- Ensure all textiles, clothes and shoes are carefully bagged (not in black sacks) to stay completely dry
- Out by 7am, weighed down if windy, with extra recycling in carrier bags
If they have transport and time, residents may prefer the certainty of dropping off recycling and rubbish to any open recycling site together with their Christmas tree for composting.
On Saturday, all 16 recycling sites are open 8am-4pm. On Sunday, all sites open at 8am, with Bridgwater, Minehead, Taunton and Yeovil open to 4pm and the others open to 1pm.
On Monday, all sites open at 8am, with Bridgwater, Minehead, Taunton and Yeovil open to 4pm and all the others open to 7pm.
Saturday’s catch-ups follow a series of delays and disruptions around Christmas and New Year, when bank holidays brought day changes and extra recycling slowed down collections.
Storm damage to a recycling depot prevented collections for thousands of homes after Christmas, while a crash blocking the M5 had a similar impact in the New Year.
And despite extra crews and vehicles at Christmas, the weight of recycling has been far in excess of levels predicted, especially the bulky problem of cardboard from internet shopping that stops collections for hours by forcing unplanned vehicle unloading.
A Somerset Waste Partnership spokesman said:
“After serious delays, we are on course to catch up with these collections on Saturday.
“This has been down to some impressive hard work, dedication and long hours by crews, and the assistance of many residents who either stored materials for later collections or took them to a recycling site.”
For more on collections, sites and how to recycle your Christmas tree: www.somersetwaste.gov.uk