Eleven of Somerset’s 16 recycling centres will remain open for essential visits next week, thanks to the responsible attitude shown by the county’s public so far.

Somerset Waste Partnership says people have, in the vast majority of cases, heeded restrictions on access and materials since the sites were reopened on 11 May.

Although queues have at times been substantial, the sites have been able to cope – despite social distancing measures which halve the usual number of unloading bays.

So, from Monday (18 May), trailers and 3.5 tonne vans will be allowed on sites between 4pm and 6pm on weekdays. To manage congestion, vans and trailers will need permits as usual.


Sites are operating temporary additional opening hours of:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 9am to 6pm
  • Thursday: All closed
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 4pm

An odd and even vehicle number plate system is being used to control numbers:

  • Odd numbers on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday (for example 01, 03, 15, 19 etc)
  • Even numbers on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday (for example 02, 04, 10, 12, 18 etc)

A maximum of two people per household will be permitted and gloves must be worn while outside your vehicle and strict social distancing must be adhered to.


Find more information at Somerset Waste Partnership.