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Vehicle breakdowns and staff shortages at SWP causing issues with waste and recycling collections

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Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) have confirmed that aging trucks and driver shortages have contributed towards recent missed waste and recycling collections across parts of South Somerset.  

If you and your neighbours' collections have been missed, SWP are already aware and will be getting back to everyone affected as soon as possible. Please make sure your containers are out by 7am on the next working day.

If your neighbours' waste and/or recycling was collected, but yours was not, report the missed collection after 4:30pm using this online form. You can also email Include your name, address, postcode, phone number and details of the bin and materials that were not taken (recycling, rubbish, garden waste.) We will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible. 

If you cannot wait for a catch-up collection, and you have time and transport, all materials can be taken to any open recycling site. All 16 take the dozen or so items usually collected at the kerbside, plus plastic pots, tubs and trays. However, if you take food waste, it must be double bagged and put in the landfill disposal skip. 

You can do you bit to help SWP's hard working crews get to more homes every day by:

  • sorting and segregating recycling without using carrier bags 
  • rinsing out all containers
  • squashing everything except glass and aerosols
  • flattening and cutting up cardboard and boxes
  • only using SWP recycling boxes and bins
  • stacking boxes with the locked food waste bin on top

You can request replacement recycling containers here.

If you are an HGV driver or interested in a loading job with the chance to train to become a HGV driver, there are jobs available across Somerset.  

These links have essential information on kerbside collections and food waste

To stay updated on the situation, follow SWP on Facebook and Twitter

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