Somerset Waste Partnership has issued a reminder to all local residents that kerbside collections will be disrupted for two weeks from Monday 25th December to Monday 8th January.
During Christmas week beginning 25th December collections will be two days later than normal and one day later than normal during the week beginning 1st January 2018. Schedules return to normal on Monday 8th January.
The recycling centre at Poole will be open as usual except for Monday 25th December, Tuesday 26th December and Monday 1st January. Christmas trees can be recycled or added to the authorised garden waste collection from the week beginning 8th January.
A Somerset Waste Partnership spokesperson said: “Far more waste is put out around Christmas and New Year than at any other time, with hundreds of extra tonnes of rubbish and recycling.
“The worst obvious problem is cardboard from internet deliveries and big purchases, filling up recycling trucks and forcing them to break off collecting to unload early.
“All boxes must be flattened and big sheets cut up and no more than the equivalent of two recycling boxes of card left for collection. Any more than that should be taken to a recycling site.
“The worst concealed problem is food put in rubbish. Dumping it to decay for decades in landfill is costly, wasteful and polluting when it can all be recycled into electricity and farm compost.”