Collection day changes
Festive Bank Holidays mean a change in collection days for rubbish and recycling – please make sure you don’t miss out.
Collections are unchanged up to and including collections on Friday 24 Dec. No collections on Monday 26 Dec or Monday 2 Jan. Both weeks’ collections are a day later than usual, including Saturday collections on 31 Dec and 7 Jan for waste usually collected Friday.
Recycling site opening
All 16 recycling sites are open on their usual winter hours over Christmas and New Year, but all close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Crewkerne recycling site will have one extra day open on Tuesday 27 Dec.
Severe weather can disrupt collections so please bear with us if we see snow and ice in the coming weeks.
We’ll return as soon as possible for any missed collections, but if conditions are bad we may not be able to meet our
usual ‘return in two days’ target. Check
somersetwaste.gov.uk for updates.
In the meantime, you may wish to ‘clear the decks’ before the festive period so you have room in your recycling boxes and refuse bin.
Recycle all you can in your next collection. If you’re able, you may want to take black bag refuse to a recycling site so your bin is empty when the festive season starts.
Waste less this Christmas
The festive season always generates extra waste, but much can be avoided by reducing, reusing and recycling.
Check somersetwaste.gov.uk/festive for tips and guidance, from meal planning to cutting back on cardboard.
What to do with festive favourites?
⯀ Wrapping paper: Only paper wrap
can be recycled (black box or recycling site). Glittery/foil/plastic wrap must go in the refuse bin.
Remove tape, bows, decorations. We cannot take paper in black sacks for recycling.
Pringles (and other similar tubes):
Accepted at 12 sites (all but Castle Cary, Cheddar, Dulverton and Somerton).
Tubs and tins of sweets and
chocolates: Plastic/metal in the Bright Blue Bag, or take to recycling site.
And Christmas trees?
Compost if possible.
Remove all decorations before recycling
– real trees can be composted or taken to any recycling site.
Garden waste subscriber? Trees up to 6ft feet go out with first 2023 collection. Arrange a charity tree collection for a donation, including St Margaret’s Hospice or Dorothy House Hospice Care just-helping.org.uk/register-tree.
Have a merry Fixmas
There’s still time to visit a Somerset repair café before Christmas. Look out for our Fixy van which is promoting
reuse and collecting unwanted smart tech. somersetwaste.gov.uk/fixy.
Fri9Dec 9am-1pm, Market Place
Shepton Mallet BA4 5AZ.
Sat17Dec 10am-12pm, Glastonbury
Repair Café, St Edmunds Community Hall, BA6 8EB.
Sat7Jan 10am-12pm, Wellington
High St TA21 8QT, supporting Wellington Repair Café.
Sat7Jan 2-4pm, Bridge Café,
Langport TA10 9RB.
Sun15Jan 11am-2pm, Otterford
Repair Café, Parish Hall TA20 3RS.
And future repair cafés include:
Mon, Thu, Sat 10-12 – Share and
Repair, 18 Silver Street, Ilminster.
Tue 10-11.30 – Sewing Repair Hub, 9
Fore Street, Chard TA20 1PP.
Sat10Dec 9am-12pm, General Repair
Hub, Fore St, Chard TA20 1PP.
Sat10Dec 11am-1pm, Repairer
Artbank Café, High St, Shepton Mallet BA4 5AA.
Sat17Dec 10am-12pm, Glastonbury
Repair Café, St Edmunds Community Hall, BA6 8EW.
Sat17Dec, Repair Café, Community
Centre, Wiveliscombe TA4 2JP.
Do more online, waste less time With My Waste Services at somersetwaste.gov.uk, you can manage these and more 24/7:
Log missed collections after 7pm
Order any recycle container free
Order paid bulky waste pick-up
Sort clinical/assisted collections
Pay for asbestos/plasterboard