Bin collections disrupted as service faces ‘severe pressure’

Recycling collections across large swathes of Somerset face disruption today – due to ‘severe pressures’ on the service. Thousands of homes across Sedgemoor have been told that their recycling will not be collected today (Tuesday, June 8) and will instead be picked up on Saturday (June 12) Only a few properties on “narrow access” – usually collected by a small lorry rather than a full-size recycle truck – will be collected Tuesday.

The areas affected are Aisholt, Berrow, Brean, Broomfield, Burnham On Sea, Burrowbridge, Cannington, Courtway, Edithmead, Enmore, Fiddington, Highbridge, Merridge, Over Stowey, Spaxton and Wembdon. Rubbish and garden waste collections scheduled for Tuesday will take place as planned. Somerset Waste Partnership says the move to reschedule collections is down to a period of ‘severe’ pressure which has issues with staffing, increased holiday traffic and the volume of collections increasing.

A spokesman for Somerset Waste Partnership said: “Most recycling collections due on Tuesday 8 June in Sedgemoor are being rescheduled to Saturday (12 June) instead. “If your recycling is not collected by the end of Tuesday, please re-present it on Saturday from 7am. “Residents do not need to report a missed recycling collection.

“Their scheduled collection, including any special details like assisted collections, will be transferred to Saturday.

“Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) apologises for any inconvenience caused by this disruption. “The move is to allow services to recover after a period of severe staff pressure which has affected collections in the last week or so. “These are down to a nationwide shortage of HGV drivers, a local shortage of agency staff, combined with recent heavy holiday traffic and continued heavy loads.”

“Somerset recycling jobs are available now.* Extra crews are being brought in and others are being reallocated from other depots to make sure a backlog of collections is cleared. The spokesman added: “We will continue to monitor the situation closely and work hard with our contractor to minimise any further disruption.

“If you have waste that must go ASAP, if you have time and transport or assistance, and if you prefer, recycle sites are on their usual schedules.” Recycle sites take all kerbside materials for recycling – except food waste (double bag, put in energy-from-waste skip) – and they take all black sack rubbish (bag, put in energy-from-waste skip, it may be opened to check for recyclables). The partnership said there are a number of jobs currently available for drivers/loaders and loaders in Bridgwater, Evercreech, Taunton, Williton, Yeovil.

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