Cllr John Hunt – County, District and Parish Councillor

Are you ready for ‘Recycle More’

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Here is a video from the Somerset Waste Partnership explaining which box, bag or bin to use after the launch of this new service in November…

For this month’s article I thought I’d remind you, that there are big changes coming in the way our domestic waste is to be collected, under the banner of ‘Recycle More’.
At the time of writing (16/09), the actual start date for these changes is a little vague, however Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) are saying it will be this November. I’m rather hoping that by the time you read this, SWP will have popped a leaflet through your door with the all-important information, including the date these changes will affect us here in Comeytrowe.

Okay, so what’s going to happen?
SWP say: “Recycle More adds the following items to weekly recycling collections: Plastic pots, tubs and trays, food and drink cartons, small batteries, and small electrical items.”
They go on to say: “Extra weekly recycling means far less rubbish, so rubbish bins or black sacks will be collected every three weeks instead of every two. Collection days will change for more than half of households.” Every home will receive a new recycling container – a ‘Bright Blue Bag’ – delivered a week or two before the new service starts.

I’m concerned about the reduction in black bin collections from 2 to 3 weeks and how that will affect residents. The ‘Recycle More’ service is already operating in both Mendip & South Somerset and SWP have completed a customer survey in Mendip that “found that after six months, 84% of respondents said they preferred the new service over the old.” Let us hope that this will be the case here in Comeytrowe and my concerns will prove to be unfounded.
On the positive side, SWP now has the experience of having already rolled out ‘Recycle More’ in two other Somerset districts, so one would assume that this will enable a smooth roll out of this new service for us.

SWP have promised that a leaflet will be delivered to each household explaining the new service, both six and two weeks before it goes ‘live’. This should give you all of the information you need, together with who to contact if you have a question or an issue. They also have a website giving the same information at SomersetWaste.gov.uk/recycle-more

Take care
John Hunt

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