Some Somerset recycling centres to open

Somerset Waste Partnership has announced that 11 of its 16 recycling centres will open from Monday 11th May. The 11 due to open are: Bridgwater (Saltlands) Chard, Dulverton, Frome, Highbridge, Priorswood (Taunton), Street, Wellington (Poole), Wells (Dulcote), Williton and Yeovil.

Please note however they are opening with a large number of restrictions. There are restrictions on which day you can go and restrictions on what you can dispose of.

Restrictions of items:

To start with, only the following will be accepted:

  • Rubbish – material you would usually put in your black rubbish bin, excess black bags not taken by kerbside collections, and bulky items like furniture
  • Green waste – garden waste such as grass cuttings, leaves, hedge trimmings
  • Large household electrical items – white goods, cookers TVs etc
  • Hazardous household chemicals such as pesticides, weed killers & insecticides 

Any items you would usually pay to have disposed of will not be accepted – including tyres, gas bottles, soil & hardcore, vehicle parts, commercial waste, plasterboard and Asbestos.

Access to the normal recycling banks will not be possible, so unless it’s absolutely essential then please don’t bring cardboard, food and drink cans, paper, food waste, plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars.

Restrictions on the days you can go:

Note that traffic is expected to be very heavy and site access will be rationed! Initially, the sites will operate temporary additional opening hours of:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 9am to 6pm
  • Thursday: All closed
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 4pm

This is to try and catch up on the pent up demand after several weeks of lockdown. Also to help control traffic at the sites an odd and even vehicle number plate system will be used. You can only visit on certain days depending on your number plate:

  • Odd numbers on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
  • Even numbers on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday

Social distancing measures remain in force. So only 2 people per household at any time and gloves must be worn outside vehicles at all times.

And the other sites?

There is less good news for the remaining five sites – Cheddar, Crewkerne, Castle Cary (Dimmer), Minehead and Somerton. These are not expected to reopen until Tuesday 26 May. They too will operate on the temporary opening hours scheme. SWP plan to constantly review this to see how things are working.

Speaking to The Leveller, Bridgwater Cllr Leigh Redman told us “It is really great news that Somerset Waste Partnership has listened to Councillor pressure and is to reopen Recycle centres and restart Green bin collection. I have been calling for these services to restart ASAP, Since the closure, a day has not gone past that I have not been called or spoken too, asking when green waste collection would start, or when would the recycle centres open again, people have had time to do all those rainy day or garden improvement jobs, generating waste, having the recycle centres open & green bin collection restarting on 11th May really is great news. I will ask people to be considerate in the first few weeks to allow staff to work safely.

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