All your Christmas bin collections and recycling site openings
Festive waste collections will be two days later after Christmas, including Friday collections on Sunday, and one day later after New Year, Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has announced.
Usual day - Revised day
Mon 23 Dec - No change
Tue 24 Dec - No change
Wed 25 Dec - Fri 27 Dec
Thu 26 Dec - Sat 28 Dec
Fri 27 Dec - Sun 29 Dec
Mon 30 Dec - No change
Tue 31 Dec - No change
Wed 1 Jan - Thu 2 Jan
Thu 2 Jan - Fri 3 Jan
Fri 3 Jan - Sat 4 Jan
Mon 6 Jan - Usual services resume
A SWP spokesman said: “Before and after Christmas and New Year, please do not overload our vehicles or crews. Put excess materials from festive parties, internet deliveries and Christmas clear-ups out over time or take them all to a recycling site.”
Individual recycling site opening days vary – check details on www.somersetwaste.gov.uk – but the network is open every day of the year except Christmas, Boxing and New Year days.
The SWP spokesman added that there were plenty of options for real Christmas trees to avoid them ending in costly, wasteful landfill, such as home composting, taking them to any recycling site, using a local drop-off or chipping point, and booking a charity collection.
SWP is promising regular festive updates on its Somersetwaste Facebook page and Twitter feed, plus its SORTED! monthly e-zine, from easy “hacks” to cut waste – especially plastics – and recycle more to ways to save money and resources with Christmas food, gifts and decorations.
Among SWP’s key Christmas suggestions:
- Buy better wrapping paper. Avoid foil, plastics, holograms, glitter and miles of sticky tape in favour of – just like the song – brown paper packages tied up with string.
- Check crackers for plastic. Many shops now have plastic-free versions, or it is fun for families to make their own from a kit or by checking the net for ideas.
- Shun single-use plastic. Avoid overpackaged gift, food and decorations, such as use-once-and-break toys, and the man-made fibres in many festive jumpers.
- Cut waste with gift wish lists. And look for presents that last, are valued, and worth keeping and repairing, ideally made of natural fibres and materials
- Decorate with natural greenery. It is compostable and beautiful. Then add child creativity, edible treats, and photos of family near and far
- Check cupboards, fridge, freezer and drawer; avoid buying too much. Start saving by eating into the freezer to clear storage. Make a meal plan, then write and keep to the shopping list.
Meanwhile, with winter fast approaching, SWP says all information and advice about bad weather and delayed collections will be posted on its website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.