Eleven recycling sites have reopend for essential visits only – in line with updated government guidance – and garden waste collections (see below) have also restarted.

To ensure social distancing, protect public and staff and limit numbers, there will be a range of temporary restrictions; queues and delays are likely.

Government guidance states visits should only take place if waste cannot be stored safely at home without risking harm or ill-health, or harm to public health and amenity. If not an essential journey, please wait until sites are back to usual.

Recycling sites open from 11 May: Bridgwater, Chard, Dulverton, Frome, Highbridge, Street, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Williton and Yeovil.

The other five sites are due to reopen from Tuesday 26 May.

All 11 will be open six days a week:

  • 9am-6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • 9am-4pm Saturdays and Sundays
  • all closed Thursdays

Access is “one in, one out”, an odd/even number plate system will be used:

  • Odd numbers only Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays
  • Even numbers only Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays

Other restrictions include:

  • Maximum two people per household
  • No people with COVID-19 symptoms, or who have been asked to shield
  • No large vans (3.5 tonne or heavier)
  • No trailers
  • Gloves to be worn outside vehicles

Only these materials will be taken:

  • Refuse usually put in your rubbish bin, and bulky items, such as furniture
  • Garden waste
  • Large electrical items, such as cookers, fridges, TVs etc
  • Hazardous chemicals, such as those from garden sheds or garages

Not taken until further notice:

  • Anything involving payment, such as charged-for hardcore, soil, tyres, gas bottles or vehicle parts (compost will not be available to buy)
  • Commercial waste
  • Asbestos or plasterboard

Please do not take, unless essential (as it will be landfilled):

  • Anything usually recycled kerbside – food, cardboard, paper, cans, glass etc
  • Wood, metals, small electrical items
  • Plastic pots, tubs, trays, Tetra Paks and other beverage cartons

Find links here for queue cams to check traffic waiting at Bridgwater, Chard, Taunton and Yeovil.

 

Garden waste collections restart Monday 11 May

Collection of garden waste restarts from Monday 11 May. Subscriptions for 2020-21 will run until mid-May 2021.

Many subscribers’ collection day and dates have changed. It’s important that people reread the letter that came with their bin sticker or check this via My Collection Day here.

(Tip: put gap in postcode, eg AB1 2CD. NB: Only garden waste collection days and dates have changed. No recycling or rubbish collection days or dates have changed; please ignore any changed My Collection Day dates for those services.)

Collections will only be made from 2020-21 subscribers using bins with lids closed, or in paid-for garden waste bags.

Not collected:
* Garden waste not in official bins or sacks
* Garden waste from non-subscribers
* Bins with excess weight (if necessary, remove some material for next collection)
* Bins whose content include materials that are not accepted (see garden waste T&Cs here)

Contact your district customer services if you have not received a sticker or bin.

A garden waste collection costs £55.50 for the year, while garden waste sacks are £27.50 for 10. Order a subscription or sacks here, or contact your district council customer services here.