Leaflets sent out to explain new service
EXPANDED Recycle More collections are starting in and around Wells at the end of October.
Recycle More leaflets outlining Somerset Waste Partnership’s expanded recycling service have been sent to all homes receiving the new collections. A detailed collections calendar will arrive soon. There will be no changes until Recycle More begins.
Anyone with a weekly recycling collection will be able to add:
• Household and food plastic pots, tubs and trays.
• Beverage cartons/Tetra Paks.
• Small household batteries.
• Small electrical items.
Just before Recycle More starts, residents will receive a base-weighted, reusable ‘bright blue bag’ to take these materials: plastic pots, tubs, trays and bottles, plus cans, aerosols and foil.
The green box will be for beverage cartons, glass bottles and jars; the black box for paper and card; the food bin for all food waste; and add carrier or smaller bags with small household batteries and small electrical items.
Because that extra weekly recycling means less rubbish, waste in bins or black sacks will be collected every three weeks instead of every two. The changes to collection days will be listed in the calendar leaflet.
There will be no changes to garden and clinical waste pick-ups, or at Wells Recycling Centre at Dulcote.
Those with communal collections of recycling and rubbish are not affected for now; their Recycle More changes will come next year, and they will be sent full information in advance.
Mickey Green, Somerset Waste Partnership’s managing director, said: “We saw the new service work well in our trials here in Somerset and similar systems are working well for many people in other parts of the UK.
“People want to recycle and we are making it easier for everyone to recycle even more and help protect our environment.
“It’s an important change and we are here to help, so get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.”
Somerset Waste Partnership has held its first Facebook Q&A sessions on the Recycle More scheme. Dozens of queries were answered on the @somersetwaste Facebook page, and there will be more sessions on Saturday, October 10, from 11am to noon, and Thursday, October 29, from 7pm to 8pm.
SWP is also hosting Recycle More discussions as part of Mendip Talking Cafe Live events run by the Community Council for Somerset. The next is on Wednesday, October 14, from 11am-noon, at facebook.com/talkingcafesomerset
• Somerset’s 16 recycling sites, including at Dulcote, will go over to their winter timetables from Thursday, October 1. Weekday opening hours will be 9am-5pm while weekends remain 9am-4pm. Summer hours resume on April 1, 2021.