All Somerset recycling sites will open until 16:00 on both Saturdays and Sundays and close at 18:00 on summer weekdays and 17:00 on winter weekdays from Monday 1 April.
Reflecting site users’ demands and keeping all 16 sites open, each site’s hours will meet existing and future demand and help limit congestion.
The changes agreed by the Somerset Waste Board start on Monday 1 April and include:
- Year-round 09:00 – 16:00 weekend hours at all sites on Sundays as well as Saturdays
- Later summer (18:00 April – September) and winter (17:00 October – March) weekday closing
- Same number or extra days at 10 sites, including a day more at Chard and Wells (Dulcote)
- Fewer days at six, such as saved-from-closure Crewkerne and Dulverton
- Reflecting low user numbers early in the day, all sites will start work at 09:00
- With 18:00 summer weekday closing, an end to underused 19:00 Monday evenings
Crewkerne and Dulverton, sites with lowest use and highest per visit costs, will have fewer hours but will end their £2 cash entry fees by April 2020 as Somerset’s waste progress gathers pace.
The changes, from behind the scenes improvements to a small overall reduction in site hours, form part of a contract extension deal that will save a total of more than £14 million.
Taunton (Priorswood) Recycling Centre, currently open Monday – Sunday
08:00 – 16:00, will open one hour later seven days a week from 1 April.
Wellington (Poole) Recycling Centre will open daily except Monday – Tuesday from 1 April.
Somerset Waste Partnership managing director Mickey Green said:
“These improvements reflect what customers have told us they want, especially all sites opening Sunday afternoons and later summer evenings.
Most importantly, they ensure all 16 sites stay open, and that each site’s hours carefully match the existing use and future needs as Somerset’s population and housing stock expands.”