SOMERSET WASTE PARTNERSHIP NEWS
Somerset Waste Partnership
Monthly Briefing for Members, Partners and Staff
Managing waste and recycling services for all authorities in Somerset
Refuse Vehicle Fleet
As part of a larger waste vehicle replacement programme, 25 new refuse collection vehicles are now operating on the streets of Somerset, under long-term hire. Over the next few weeks these trucks will be exchanged for a few days and
returned displaying a brand new SWP livery. The new 26-tonne vehicles will be more efficient and produce less emissions than the ageing trucks they replace.
Recycling Centre Maintenance
Maintenance works are shortly to start to trim back the tree line at Bridgwater Recycling Centre. These works will take place after the site closes at 4pm, so there should be no impact on site visitors.
A programme of refurbishing the access walkways at Cheddar, Dulverton, Minehead, Somerton and Williton has begun and will be completed by the autumn. Customers should not be affected.
Price increase for Revive
Revive Soil Conditioner is made locally by Viridor in just a few weeks from green waste deposited at Somerset recycling centres and from garden waste collected via the subscription-based kerbside service. In the first price rise in more than 10
years, from 1 August the cost of a bag of Revive has increased. Available to purchase from all recycling centres, one 40L bag will cost £4, or on special offer at £10 for three bags. Bulk deliveries and collections will still be available on request from Viridor direct, at commercially competitive prices. New signage and promotion of Revive – dubbed “black gold” by one professional gardener – has begun at recycling centres.
Food waste campaign
The recent SWP campaign to encourage people to recycle more food waste in Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane and the Chard and Ilminster area of South Somerset has drawn to a close with “thank you” tags added to every bin in the area during July. The bright yellow tags remind people that recycling cuts costs and helps
the environment. On the flip side of the tag is another reminder – this
time telling people how to line their food bin and where to get new stocks
of liners. Thoughts are now turning to how to achieve the same savings in other
parts of Somerset not covered by this first phase of activity.
Bank Holiday collections
No kerbside collections take place on the 31 August summer Bank Holiday
Monday. Managing waste and recycling services for all local authorities in
All kerbside recycling and rubbish collections due that week will be one
day later, including those due on Friday 4 September, which will move
to Saturday 5 September. For details see our website.
Recycling centre timetables are unchanged, with all centres open on
their usual schedule over the weekend, including Bank Holiday Monday.
Information on SWP services
The main source of advice and information on SWP services is