Recycling is easy and rewarding in South Somerset, from
convenient kerbside collections for a dozen materials to the
savings easily made to keep council tax bills down while
maintaining local services.
more not only helps you waste less but it really does save money.
It diverts materials away from costly and polluting landfill, each
tonne of which adds £100 or more to Somerset's £12 million bill for
putting waste into carefully designed holes in its
tonne of dry recyclable items - from bottles and cans to paper and
card - means almost £55 extra in recycling credits supporting vital
local services run by South Somerset District Council.
recycling container or waste bin is missing or damaged, contact
South Somerset District Council customer services on 01935 462462
or firstname.lastname@example.org, or order them online.
that everything possible is recycled, get to know what can go in
your kerbside boxes; for full details, see www.somersetwaste.gov.uk.
half the average rubbish bin is materials that could be easily and
conveniently recycled in every family's kerbside containers, while
another 10% or more could go to a recycling site.
to make a real difference by recycling more, wasting less and
Missed a collection?
Refuse, recycling or food waste must be put out for collection
by 7am on the correct day. If it has been missed, we will aim to
collect it within two working days of you having reported it to
Waste and Recycling Containers
There are a range of waste and recycling containers available
for you to use at your address. If any containers are missing
from your address you can request them.
Garden waste collections
All households across South Somerset are able to opt in to have
their garden waste collected.
Composting your waste
On average, about a third of the contents of your household
waste can easily be composted, rather than sending it to
If there is severe weather affecting collections further
information is available at:
Recycling - your weekly kerbside recycling service
Sort It Plus is the weekly kerbside
recycling collection allowing a range of items to be collected from
the kerbside at your home:
Recycling centres - (Somerset County Council)
Recycling Centres are run and funded by Somerset County Council.
To find your nearest recycling centre, please go to the
Somerset Waste Partnership website.
The assisted collection service is available if you are
physically unable to place your waste or recycling containers at
the kerbside which is the normal place for collection. You
should also have no other assistance available to help you.
Bulky waste collection
The Somerset Waste Partnership operates a bulky waste collection
service for household items. There is a charge of £38.15 for up to
three items and £8.35 for each extra item payable prior to
collection. There is a limit of five items that can be
collected per visit.
The bulky waste collection service
includes fridges/freezers, cookers, tables, chairs,
three-piece suites, beds, wardrobes and other similar items.
Items such as rubble/radiators/kitchen cupboards are classified as
builder's waste and will therefore not be collected.
To request a bulky waste collection,
please call 01935 462462
If you have good quality furniture or an appliance suitable for
reuse, see Somerset Waste Partnership's Furniture
Reuse for details of how to donate items to local groups, who
may be able to collect these items from you (often for free).
Large or bulky items can also be taken to Recycling
Hazardous waste (Including Asbestos)
Hazardous waste such as paints, batteries, oils, television sets
and asbestos, must be disposed of at properly managed waste
Find your nearest recycling centre for hazardous
Find out more
Commercial Waste Collections
It is not permitted to put business waste into the domestic
wheelie bins, recycling containers or recycling centres, all of
which are paid for by domestic council tax payers. Business
waste must stored and disposed of responsibly, handled only by
people that are authorised to do so and will deliver your waste to
a licensed site. Records of all transferred waste must be
kept for at least two years.
South Somerset's service for collections of commercial
waste from businesses is delivered by May Gurney, the contractor
for waste collections for the Somerset Waste Partnership.
There are a number of businesses that will collect your waste but
we believe we offer the most competitive price locally for small
businesses who find a sack collection the most economic for their
Your Waste Duty of Care
Each individual and business has a duty of care over their
waste, even after it has left your home or premises, and failure to
take reasonable steps to do this risks prosecution and a £5,000
And if you or your business pay someone to take your waste away
- man-with-a-van, builders, gardeners or other tradespeople - it is
important to check if they have a waste carrier's licence.
Ask to see the original licence, not a copy, ensure you know
where your waste will go, and keep a record of the person or
business taking the waste and their vehicle. This is an important
step to deter and prevent the environmental crime of
You can check online to see if they are registered with the
Environment Agency - select
"Waste Carriers & Dealers" on the first pull-down menu - or
call the agency on 03708 506 506 (Mon-Fri 8am-6pm).
Somerset Waste Partnership
Waste collection and recycling in Somerset is managed
by Somerset Waste Partnership
(SWP), on behalf of all of the district councils.
District councils are responsible for waste collection (such as
kerbside recycling, emptying of household wheelie bins, collection
of black bags etc) whilst the county council (Somerset County
Council) is responsible for waste disposal, such as Household Waste Recycling
Centres, landfill sites and more.
Please use the following weblink to view the latest Somerset
Waste Board Forward Plan of planned key decisions published on the
Council's website today.
Please note the change to the layout of the Forward Plans due to
the new Access to Information Regulations recently published by the
Government. The Forward Plan is now being published on a weekly
basis rather than every month.
The next meeting of the Somerset Waste Board will be held at
10.00am on Friday 22 February in the Luttrell Room, County Hall.
The agenda and papers will be published on 14 February:
Board - Agendas and Minutes