As you may be aware, we have had a number of streets missed for waste collections yesterday in both Taunton Deane and South Somerset due to the heat affecting vehicles and crews. Other districts are not affected.
In addition to the ongoing collections, crews are working hard to catch up with missed collections as soon as possible. Where streets have been missed, we know the locations, so residents do not need to alert us to the situation.
To help the catch up and limit the knock-on effect of recovering from missed collections, we have asked crews to start work earlier tomorrow, from 6am rather than 7am, and we are alerting residents – especially those who were missed – via our range of communication channels.
If your community has been affected, we would be most grateful if you could share this information, alert them to the temporary new start time, and thank them for their patience in what may well be a trying time.
If residents cannot wait for a catch-up collection, they can take all materials to an open recycling site, though if they take food waste it must be double bagged and put in the landfill disposal skip.
It would be helpful if you could also urge them to help our hard working crews by sorting and segregating their recycling, rinsing out all containers, squashing all except glass and aerosols, flattening and cutting up cardboard and boxes, and getting all bins and boxes out on time.
And we have already thanked those people who have been offering crews a cold drink to keep them going in the heat.
For more information on kerbside collections, food waste and recycling sites, these links have the essential information:
For updates on the situation, do follow SWP on our social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter:
Many thanks for your help.
Senior Communications Officer
Somerset Waste Partnership
Tel: 01823 625714