Welcome to the fourth Sedgemoor and West Somerset Recycle More Messenger. The new service starts in just over a week, bringing expanded recycling to around 70,000 homes. It’s important not to put bags out until your first collection date and check if you are due a one-off, extra Saturday collection.
One-off extra rubbish collection? It could be you.
Several thousand households will get a one-off, extra collection – of rubbish only -on either 26 Feb or 5 March.
These are to make sure no-one goes over three weeks between rubbish collections. If it affects you it will be made clear on the front of your “Coming soon” leaflet and on the calendar inside.
Keep it. Pin it. Check it.
Everyone should have had their “Coming soon” leaflet containing a colourful “What goes where” guide to the new service and the all-important collection day calendar.
PLEASE KEEP THESE SOMEWHERE SAFE FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.
Two-thirds of homes will have a different collection day so it’s important to check.
Hold your horses!
Please don’t put Bright Blue Bags or any of the new materials out until your first new collection day – but resist the urge to stockpile. Extra large first collections could overwhelm crews as they get used to new routes and materials.
Changes to shared collections
We will also improve recycling for homes with shared/communal collections, like flats and houses of multiple occupancy.
There will be changes of collection day for some from 28 Feb and everyone should receive a letter explaining this.
In late June/early July we will expand recycling on these sites, adding extra containers and new materials wherever space and access allow.
Everyone will be written to twice before anything changes
What plastics go in the blue bag?
- Plastic bottles such as those for milk,soft drinks, shampoo, detergents.
- Plastic pots such as those for yoghurt, soup, face cream, hair gel, toiletries.
- Plastic tubs such as those for margarine, ice cream, laundry tablets.
- Plastic trays (any colour) such as those for meat, fruit/veg, ready meals.
Can I recycle all plastics?
No. Unfortunately, some are still really difficult to recycle due to a lack of UK re processors and SWP don’t want to collect material unless we know we can get it recycling and close to home. Last year nearly 98% stayed in the UK.
Recycle More WILL NOT collect
- Thin stretchy/crinkly plastics, such as carrier bags, food wrappings or film from food trays and punnets.
- Other plastics like toys, CD cases, coat hangers, blister packs, toothbrushes,toothpaste tubes and polystyrene or expanded polystyrene.
- Mixed materials, such as pet food pouches and crisp packets.
Some supermarkets take some of these so check where you shop. Or try the opens in a new windowTerraCycle website for local volunteer collections. If you can’t reuse or recycle thesee, put them in the rubbish.
Concerns or worries? Get in touch
SWP are here to help.
- If you can, please use the form on the opens in a new windowSWP website or
- Telephone your district council – Sedgemoor 0300 3037800 / Somerset West & Taunton 0300 3048000