Plans to change the fortnightly collection of refuse to three weekly have been passed by the Somerset Waste Board. The new schedule will be introduced in the autumn of 2017 subject to delivery of new collection vans. Weekly recycling and food waste collections will remain unchanged but a new scheme – Recycle More – has been agreed which allows a wider range of materials to be recycled.
Responding to concerns about waste disposal for bigger families and the threat of increased fly-tipping, Somerset Waste Board will put plans in place for extra refuse storage and provide sacks for nappies.
Somerset Waste Board chairman, Cllr Derek Yeomans, said: “Recycle More is a huge step forward for Somerset residents to maximise recycling, minimise residual waste, and make big savings to invest in other vital services. If people recycle all they can, including every scrap of food, they will have very few problems, but if anyone does face difficulties after Recycle More starts, they just need to ask their local council for advice or extra help.”