Waste trials move on to ‘thin film’ plastic

A new waste trial has been underway to see whether Somerset might be able to recycle “thin film” plastic in future. A few hundred households in Taunton Deane were included in this six-week test, funded by the government-backed recycling charity WRAP. No other homes were involved. The thin film collected with kerbside recycling included the plastic used for carrier bags, multipacks of food or toilet rolls, bread or cereal bags, frozen foods, or to protect dry cleaning. Full story: Read more

Food waste recycling jumps 20% in trial

SWP food waste sticker 03A campaign to encourage more recycling of food waste by 115,000 households in Somerset has proved a major success. Based on earlier trials in Street and Wellington, food waste recycling in Taunton Deane, Sedgemoor and the Chard-Ilminster area of South Somerset jumped 20%. If that rate is maintained, an annual extra 1,570 tonnes of food will be recycled, saving Somerset council tax payers £51,000 every year. Full story: Read more

Save time, money and mess with a garden waste collection

SWP garden waste collection1Love gardening but dislike the time, mess and cost of putting garden waste in your car and driving to the recycling site? The fast, clean and cheap alternative is a subscription to your district council’s efficient garden waste collection service. Time is running out to get the best value from the service, as most subscriptions start on 1 April. You can join the service during the year, but the full fee will apply. Full story: Read more