Somerset Waste Partnership
Monthly Briefing for Members, Partners and Staff – October 2014
Recycle More – High Diversion Trials
Our new trials were successfully launched in September and cover 5,000 households in Taunton, Wellington and Wiveliscombe.
- All trial homes have weekly food waste, extra materials recycled, with service variations involving different containers, communication initiatives and collection frequencies for dry recycling or refuse.
- It is too early to report results, but many people are pleased with the opportunity to recycle more and are giving the changes a good try, including the collections in Wiveliscombe testing a three-weekly refuse service.
- Doorstepping to talk to high numbers of households on selected rounds is also having a good effect.
- The trials end in December and are being closely monitored for increases in recycling, reductions in refuse going to landfill and feedback from residents.
- Following disruption to recycling collection services due to a national driver shortage, the situation has stabilised. This is as a result of initiatives to improve driver management and working conditions, as well as improved performance by agencies recruiting drivers for collections contractor Kier.
- SWP’s contract protects partner authorities from any short-term increases in costs resulting from these changes. There is still some risk in the arrangements, but longer-term stability should be improved with internal driver training courses, the first of which is due to finish in November.
Your Somerset – Your SWP
- Keep an eye out for the October edition of Your Somerset, Somerset County Council’s residents’ newsletter, being delivered to your door. Once again, SWP is featured in a “cut-out and keep” directory of our services and news updates on ways residents can cut Somerset £12million annual landfill bill.
Bag a reuse bargain while you recycle
- If you live in or around Taunton do not forget the Reuse Shop at Taunton’sPriorswood Recycling Centre, which offers a shopping experience that is good for the environment and great for your pocket.
- The Reuse Shop takes items left at recycling sites and sells them to the public so they have a new life.
- It is great for budding upcyclers, anyone with an eye for a bargain and those looking to create a unique look. Check our Facebook page for photos of stock.