CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR RECYCLING 2020
Make a date with your festive collections
Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is asking residents to make a date with their revised rubbish and recycling collection days over the festive period.
Public holidays mean collections always change over Christmas and New Year. And, with the festive period usually meaning more waste to recycle and dispose of, it is important that everyone knows their days so they do not miss a collection.
The revised schedule for recycling and rubbish is below. Every Somerset resident can check their collection days, for now and the rest of the year, using the My Collection Day feature on the somersetwaste.gov.uk website.
Usual day Revised collection day
Thursday 24 December NO CHANGE
Friday 25 December Monday 28 December
Monday 28 December Tuesday 29 December
Tuesday 29 December Wednesday 30 December
Wednesday 30 December Thursday 31 December
Thursday 31 December Saturday 2 January
Friday 1 January Monday 4 January
Monday 4 January Tuesday 5 January
Tuesday 5 January Wednesday 6 January
Wednesday 6 January Thursday 7 January
Thursday 7 January Friday 8 January
Friday 8 January Saturday 9 January
Monday 11 January Usual collections resume
As usual, garden waste collections are suspended for two weeks after Christmas Eve to help crews cope with the extra waste that comes with the festive holidays.
They restart on Saturday, 9 January – picking up collections that would usually have taken place on Friday, 8 January. Usual garden waste collections resume from Monday, 11 January.
All 16 of Somerset’s recycling sites will be open their usual winter hours throughout the festive period, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
They are a good option for disposing of large amount of recycling, such as cardboard, and will have special drop-off points for paper gift wrap.
Only paper wrapping paper – minus glitter, tape and decorations - is recyclable and can also go in recycling boxes to be collected from the kerbside. Foil, plastic or glittery wrap cannot be recycled so needs to go in the rubbish bin.
If you have space, real Christmas trees can be composted or turned into a garden wildlife corner.
Garden Waste Service subscribers can leave their decoration-free tree next to their garden waste bin for collection – so long as it is no taller than 6ft and its trunk no wider than 4 inches. Please try and do this within two weeks of the collections restarting.
Everyone without a Garden Waste subscription will need to take their tree, decoration-free, to a recycling site and put it in a garden waste skip. They will not be collected from the kerbside.
SWP Managing Director Mickey Green said: “We encourage people to reduce and reuse but this is always a busy time of year for us, with more people at home and all the waste that Christmas tends to create.
“The good news is that almost all that waste can be recycled in the weekly kerbside collections. Just make sure you know your collection days and it will help everything go smoothly.
“If you have large loads, then a trip to one of the recycling sites may be a good idea.”
For more tips on how to reduce, reuse and recycle at this time of year visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/festive
Posted 27th December 2020
MARK VILLAGE HALL
Due to the current Government restrictions, the Village Hall has been closed again with immediate effect. It will be opened as soon as these restrictions have been lifted.
Posted 27th December 2020
NATIONAL GRID UPDATE
The Parish Council have received the following update from National Grid. This has also been posted on Mark Village Life and in the Parish Magazine.
Mark Village Newsletter – November 2020 Project update
National Grid starts work in Mark
In May, National Grid started the first work in the parish for the new high voltage electricity connection building between Bridgwater and Seabank.
It is a complex project which includes building over 48.5 km of new pylons, 8.5 km of underground cable through the Mendip Hills and a new substation north of the Mendips.
The first activity is building a temporary construction haul road along the route of the pylons. The haul road will help to reduce the amount of construction and other project traffic on local roads. We’ve completed several road accesses, including the main access south from the A38 at Tarnock and also completed many of the crossing points where the haul road meets existing country lanes and public rights of way.
Traffic management – November
When we are working on public roads and footpaths, we need to put up traffic lights or close them for short periods to keep everyone safe. We’re currently working on Northwick Road. As it is very narrow, we need to close it to traffic. We expect to reopen it by the end of November. We will also need to close the Bridleway known as Back Lane for two weeks from 16th November while we build a crossing point. We need to put up traffic lights on Mark Causeway for five days while we move machinery and equipment into the area.
We recognise this causes inconvenience, and we are sorry for the disruption. We’re working closely with our contractor, Balfour Beatty, to complete the work as quickly as possible. To find out more about where we are working, please see our project website.
We’ve started to build foundations for the new pylons between Bridgwater and Loxton. The work involves driving concrete and steel piles into the ground. It will take up to 12 months to complete the foundations for all the pylons.
Nearby residents may hear noise and feel vibrations when we are carrying out this work. This will depend on how close they are to the site and the ground conditions and wind direction.
To reduce disruption to communities, we will not carry out any piling over the weekends and we will limit piling to between the hours of 8am and 5pm. We’re working closely with our contractor, Balfour Beatty, to reduce noise and vibration as best we can.
The hydraulic impact hammer is the most silenced hammer on the market and the piling rig has been designed to minimise the amount of noise and vibrations generated during the work.
We have allowed up to five days’ work for each location, but we expect the piling at each site to be finished within for 2 – 3 days. We will be piling to the north of the parish in December and expect to work on sites either side of Mark Causeway in the spring. These dates may change and we keep an monthly schedule of work updated on our website .
Community Grant Fund
We want to support the communities closest to the new connection and our Community Grant programme has been set up to support community groups and charities in areas where National Grid is affecting local people through its operations and site activities.
We fund projects with one-off grants of up to £20,000 that meet local communities’ needs and provide a range of social, economic and environmental benefits. We’ve already funding a number of local community projects in your area and we welcome applications from other groups . Please see our company website for more information.
If you have any questions or need further information, please call our community relations team on 0800 377 7347 (24 hour). We are here to help.
Alternatively, you can email us at email@example.com or write to us at Freepost H POINT CONNECTION (no stamp is required).
National Grid has recently supported Mark Cricket Club with a £20,000 grant towards developing the club’s new ground and pavilion. We welcome other grant applications from local groups.
Building the crossing point on Mark Causeway
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Posted 20th November 2020
With so many people walking their dogs at the moment because of being at home due to the coronavirus and the lockdown, there are a lot of complaints about dog poo not being picked up. William Gilbert aged 6 has drawn the following to remind us ALL to pick up after our dogs! Please do so - there are complaints about both the Causeway and Vole Road. There is no need not to pick up especially around Jubilee Green and Vole Road where there are dog bins.
This is the latest advice received from the Somerset Waste Partnership concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19) planning
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Please do regularly check the latest Public Health England advice on waste.
Information on SWP services
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Posted 17th March 2020