Recycling centres now accepting all the usual materials

All “business as usual” materials are now being accepted at all 16 recycling sites in the county, the Somerset Waste Partnership announced on June 28th.

That includes cardboard as well as commercial waste and other waste you pay to dispose of – including tyres, gas bottles, soil and hardcore, vehicle parts, plasterboard and asbestos (card payment only).

Trailers and vans can access the sites at any time, as long as they have the appropriate permit.

Although sites have been busy, the recently introduced “shop-style” social distancing arrangements – floor markings and signs – have worked well.

However, staff are unable to offer any assistance with unloading or handling any waste or items.

Unfortunately, no items brought to sites can be put forward for reuse at the moment. They will be recycled where possible until a safe way to handle them has been agreed. Anyone planning to bring items that are fit for reuse is asked to keep hold of them for the time being.

Once on site, safety restrictions remain in place, including:

  • Gloves to be worn when outside the vehicle.
  • Maximum of two people per household.
  • Strict social distancing.
  • On busier sites traffic, may still be directed by staff.