Increase in recycling in new waste scheme

August 27 2020
Increase in recycling in new waste scheme

WELLS will be one of the first places in Somerset to make the switch to a new waste collection scheme in late October.

As the name of the Recycle More scheme suggests, more will be recycled each week, leaving less to be picked up from bins – which will be emptied every three weeks instead of every two.

Every home in and around Wells will be sent two Recycle More leaflets by Somerset Waste Partnership in the next two months: one six weeks ahead of the changes, the next three weeks in advance, complete with a collections calendar. There will also be a Bright Blue Bag – tough, reusable, base-weighted, and with a Velcro closure – delivered to take most of the new materials being collected.

These items will be added to weekly recycling collections in Wells:

• Plastic pots, tubs and trays

• Food and drink cartons

• Household batteries

• Small electrical items

When Recycle More is introduced, this is where items will go:

• Bright Blue Bag: plastic pots, tubs, trays, bottles, plus cans, aerosols, foil

• Carrier bag: household batteries, small electrical items

• Green box: beverage cartons, glass bottles and jars

• Black box: paper, card

• Food waste bin: all food waste, every scrap

The extra weekly recycling will mean less rubbish, so the bin or black sacks will be collected every three weeks instead of every two.

The changes will also mean new “waste days” for some Wells residents. Details will be given with the calendar for those who are affected.

Garden and clinical waste pick-ups will not vary, while improvements for those with communal collections – such as flats and houses of multiple occupancy – are to come in 2021, and Wells Recycling Centre at Dulcote is unchanged.

Recycle More is being introduced across the county in four phases over the following 18 months, starting with more than 51,000 homes across Mendip over two weeks from Monday, October 26.

To help people get ready for the change, Somerset Waste Partnership is hosting Question and Answer sessions on its @somersetwaste Facebook page before and after launch. The first takes place on August 26, from 7pm to 8pm, with further sessions on September 22, from 7am to 8am; October 10, from 11am to noon; and October 29, from 7pm to 8pm.

Managing director of Somerset Waste Partnership, Mickey Green, said: “This is an exciting step forward for recycling in Somerset and we’re here to help make it work for you. Look out for the leaflets coming through your doors and join our Facebook Q&A sessions where we’ll do our best to respond to any queries you might have.

“Somerset has a great recycling record, but still around half the contents of its average rubbish bin could have been recycled. People want to recycle, they want to do the right thing, and we think there will be a lot of enthusiasm for the new service.

“Recycle More is coming to Mendip first, but until it arrives it’s important that people carry on recycling as they do now. Remember – nothing changes until you have your Bright Blue Bag.”