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Welcome to SORTED! November 2019, with all your festive collection dates, how to cut out Christmas plastic, and much more.

Plus scroll down for:
Yes, we do collect aerosols
Missed collections — the easy guide
Recycle More's new vehicles

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Your Christmas and New Year collection dates

Festive waste collections will be two days later after Christmas and one day later after New Year.

Usual collection day — Revised collection day*
Mon 23 Dec — No change
Tue 24 Dec — No change
Wed 25 Dec — Fri 27 Dec
Thu 26 Dec — Sat 28 Dec
Fri 27 Dec — Sun 29 Dec
Mon 30 Dec — No change
Tue 31 Dec — No change
Wed 1 Jan — Thu 2 Jan
Thu 2 Jan — Fri 3 Jan
Fri 3 Jan — Sat 4 Jan
Mon 6 Jan — Usual services resume
*Revised days also apply to assisted and clinical waste collections.

Before and after Christmas and New Year, please do not overload the system or hard working crews. Put excess materials from festive parties, internet deliveries and Christmas clear-ups out over time or take them all to a recycling site.

Individual recycling site opening days vary — check all details of every recycling site here — but the network is open every day of the year except Christmas, Boxing and New Year days, while all sites will be open 9am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays on 21-22 and 28-29 December, and 4-5 January.

As usual, there will be no garden waste collections from 24 December to 3 January; they resume from 6 January.

Your options for a real Christmas tree include: home composting, take it to a recycling site or council drop-off point, or book a charity collection.

Garden waste subscribers only can add their undecorated tree under 6ft to their garden waste collection from 7 January.

As a very last resort, residents can send their tree to costly, wasteful landfill. Place your undecorated tree next to your rubbish bin on your usual collection day 6-17 January 2019.

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Festive fun with less rubbish — and cutting out the plastic

How can you have a festive season of fun and family while avoiding costly consumption, needless waste and far too much plastic?

Easy, just ring the changes to reduce, reuse, recycle — and cut out the Christmas plastics:

�--� Buy better wrapping paper. The paper stuff is OK to recycle, but avoid foil, plastics, holgrams, glitter and miles of sticky tape in favour of — just like the song — brown paper packages tied up with string.

�--� Check your crackers for plastic — plenty of plastic-free and recyclable options out there — or why not make your own, either from a kit or by checking the net for ideas (think card tubes, paper, hand-written jokes).

�--� Shun single-use plastic in all the usual overpackaging, as well as use-once-and-break toys, decorations that last just one Christmas or less, and man-made fibre festive jumpers.

�--� Cut waste with gift wish lists, and presents that last and are valued, worth keeping and worth repairing, ideally made of natural fibres and materials.

�--� Dig out 2018's cards to cut up as recyclable decorations, new card creations, gift tags, or to keep children busy. Why not buy recycled cards and take time for festive emails and calls?

�--� Decorate with natural greenery — compostable and beautiful — from a sustainable source, then add your children's creativity, edible treats, and photos of family near and far.

�--� Check cupboards, fridge, freezer and drawers to see what you already have so need not buy again. Start saving by eating into your freezer to clear storage. Make a meal plan and create your shopping list.

�--� Have a real tree, and plan how to home compost it or take it to a recycling site,
council drop-off point, or local chipping spot. Garden waste subscribers can add
them to a collection. No trees to landfill with your rubbish, please.

Finally, how about a 2020 resolution to reduce your waste, reuse what you can, and recycle better?

PS: In bad weather, check our website, Facebook page or Twitter feed for advice on delayed collections.

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Yes, we do collect aerosols

You can recycle all aerosols in your kerbside box with the cans and foil, or just drop them off at any recycling site. Make sure they are empty, and discard the cap and nozzle.

Stay safe: never crush or pierce aerosols. Recovering the aluminium or steel saves materials, energy, money and time — and your aerosols become anything from a car to a aircraft, or another aerosol.

Missed collections — the easy guide

If you put your rubbish or recycling out by 7am and it is still there at the end of the day, what should you do?

First, our apology for the problems this causes; be assured that we are doing everything we can to prevent missed collections, and to get back to you for a return collection.

There can be many reasons why waste is not collected on the right day, from vehicle breakdown — see below about the new recycling truck fleet being built right now — to traffic hold-ups and simple human error.

If all your neighbours have been missed, there is no need to report this as we will know and be returning — often from 7am the next day — to make your collection.

If only you have been missed, report this with all your details to your district council customer services.

You do have further options, depending on your circumstances and preferences. If you have space, you could store any materials until your next collection. If you have time and transport, you could take it all to any recycling site — details of your nearest here.

With winter on its way, check our advice on weather and waste here and be sure to follow our weather and collections updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Recycle More's new trucks

All the new recycling vehicles designed for the expanded Recycle More collections in Somerset — and to replace our rusty old lorries, left — are now being built.

The trucks will collect the dozen or so materials you now put in your recycling boxes and food waste bin, plus all the thousands of tonnes of these new materials:
Household and food plastic pots, tubs and trays
Tetra Paks and other beverage cartons
Household batteries
Small electrical items

Recycle More collections will begin in Mendip next summer — including three-weekly collections of your far emptier rubbish bins — and roll out in phases across Somerset over the following 18 months.

Detailed information will be delivered to every home well ahead of time, and full support offered to anyone who thinks they may have problems with the new collections.

PS: Because we are guided by the waste hierarchy of priorities — reduce first, reuse next, and only then recycle — we hope to continue our track record of successfully selling on our old vehicles rather than scrapping them, with the cash used to keep down the costs met by your council tax.