Somerset collection set to resume normal service

PUBLISHED: 13:30 05 January 2011

Somerset Waste Partnership says it hopes the backlog will have been dealt with by Monday

Somerset Waste Partnership says it hopes the backlog will have been dealt with by Monday


SOMERSET County Council has said all rubbish and recycling services should be back to normal by the weekend.

Final catch-up work by Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) crews is scheduled to be finished by Saturday, with normal service set to resume from Monday.

All recycling centres are currently open from 9am-5pm seven days a week, and the SWP is urging residents to take advantage of these facilities.

SWP managing director Steve Read said: “The combination of the highly unusual snow and ice before Christmas and the traditionally heavy tonnages over Christmas has been particularly challenging.

“We always expect and plan for extra tonnages post-Christmas but we have never before gone into the period with such a backlog.

“Collection crews had two days off for Christmas and one for the New Year, and have gone straight back into working up to 12 hours a day to help clear up and get us all back on track.”

The SWP is urging residents to check whether residents, especially elderly or vulnerable ones, know what collection arrangements are in place.

There will be no catch-up services for clinical waste collections, while garden waste collections have been suspended so the SWP can focus on rubbish and recycling.

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