1 June 2020

Recycling sites have reverted to their usual summer opening hours.

The odd/even number plate access system has ended but all other restrictions remain in place as sites move towards business as usual following Coronavirus closures.

Somerset Waste Partnership is continuing its plea for people to only come if it is really necessary and to take full advantage of weekly kerbside recycling collections.



Long queues are expected at sites, with unloading bays reduced to ensure social distancing. Queue cams are viewable for Bridgwater, Chard, Highbridge, Minehead, Street, Taunton, Wells and Yeovil. Please check before you leave.

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

Cars and vans with permits under 3.5 tonnes have access at all times; with permits, trailers and 3.5 tonne vans have access only between 4pm and 6pm on weekdays.

Only materials accepted (and what happens to them):

  • Rubbish – material you would usually put in your black rubbish bin, excess black bags not taken by kerbside collections, and bulky items like furniture (landfilled in Somerset, most soon to be sent to an Avonmouth energy-from-waste plant)
  • Garden waste, such as grass cuttings and hedge trimmings (composted in Somerset)
  • Large household electrical items – white goods, cookers, TVs etc (recycled in UK)
  • Household hazardous waste, such as solvents, garden chemicals, paint thinners and antifreeze (treated and disposed of in UK)
  • Waste cooking oil and engine oil, in disposable containers of up to five litres (recycled in UK)
  • Scrap metal (recycled in UK)

Any items you would usually pay to have disposed of will not be accepted – including tyres, gas bottles, soil and hardcore, vehicle parts, commercial waste, plasterboard and asbestos.

Access to the normal recycling skips is not possible. Unless you really need to, do not bring cardboard, food and drink cans, paper, food waste, plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars. These can be recycled using weekly recycling collections.

If you want to recycle waste wood, plastic pots tubs and trays, Tetra Paks, small electricals and the many other materials usually taken at recycling sites, please hold on to them until the sites return to normal.

Mickey Green, SWP Managing Director, said: “This is another step towards business as usual. The restrictions are there to keep everyone safe, but they do reduce capacity so please do only come if you really need to. It’s not business as usual and there’s every chance you will have a lengthy wait.”

Check and search here for more information about how to reduce and reuse your waste.

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