|Recycle More High Diversion Trials
Our new trials were
successfully launched in
September and cover 5,000 households in Taunton,
Wellington and Wiveliscombe.
All trial homes have weekly food waste, extra materials recycled, with service variations
involving different containers, communication initiatives and collection frequencies for
dry recycling or refuse.
It is too early to report results, but many
people are pleased with the opportunity to recycle more and are giving the changes a good
try, including the collections in Wiveliscombe testing a three-weekly refuse service.
Doorstepping to talk to high numbers of
households on selected rounds is also having a good effect.
The trials end in December and are being
closely monitored for increases in recycling, reductions in refuse going to landfill and
feedback from residents.
Following disruption to recycling collection services due to a
national driver shortage, the situation has stabilised. This is as a result of initiatives
to improve driver management and working conditions, as well as improved performance by
agencies recruiting drivers for collections contractor Kier.
SWPs contract protects partner
authorities from any short-term increases in costs resulting from these changes. There is
still some risk in the arrangements, but longer-term stability should be improved with
internal driver training courses, the first of which is due to finish in November.
Your Somerset Your SWP
Keep an eye out for the October edition of Your Somerset, Somerset County Councils residents newsletter, being
delivered to your door. Once again,
SWP is featured in a cut-out and keep
directory of our services and news updates on ways residents can cut Somerset £12million
annual landfill bill.
Bag a reuse bargain while you recycle
If you live in or around Taunton do not forget the Reuse
Shop at Tauntons Priorswood Recycling Centre, which offers a shopping experience
that is good for the environment and great for your pocket.
The Reuse Shop takes items left at recycling sites and
sells them to the public so they have a new life.
It is great for budding upcyclers, anyone with an eye
for a bargain and those looking to create a unique look. Check our Facebook page for
photos of stock.
For enquiries about specific items, you can contact
the Reuse Shop on 07985 438897 (mobile) during their opening hours 8am to 4pm,
seven days a week.
Latest media releases
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Somerset Waste Board
SWP is the executive arm of SWB, which consists of two members
nominated by each of the six partner councils in Somerset, one of which must be the
portfolio holder (PH) for waste and/or the environment.
The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected at the AGM from the Board's
The next Board meeting will be held on Friday 19 December.
For full information on SWP, SWB and all our services visit: www.somersetwaste.gov.uk.
Somerset Waste Board
The current SWB membership is:
Mendip District Council Councillors Nigel Woollcombe-Adams (Vice Chair),
Sedgemoor District Council - Councillors John
Swayne, Richard Burden
Somerset County Council - Councillors Derek
Yeomans (Chair), David Hall
South Somerset District Council - Councillors Jo
Roundell Greene, Henry Hobhouse
Taunton Deane Borough Council - Councillors
James Hunt, Steve Ross
West Somerset Council - Councillors Anthony
Trollope-Bellew, Martin Dewdney
papers and reports for SWB meetings are
Information on SWP services
The main source of advice and information on SWP
services is www.somersetwaste.gov.uk.
Customer service helplines for all partner authorities
can assist with service enquiries. We publish a monthly e-zine (sign-up on our website)
and post on Facebook and Twitter.