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A Guide to Recycling in Somerset

We have compiled a list of recycling sources in the Somerset area including council services, local and national charities and links to recycling guides.

The council offers a weekly collection for your food and recycling bins and a fortnightly service for your refuse bin. Collections should be kerbside by 7am on the appropriate day to ensure the bin is emptied. Please leave the pavement clear for pedestrians and retrieve your bin as soon as possible after the collection.

Recycling Calendar

 

Using this link you can search the council website for your collections date.

What can you recycle?

Somerset County Council has collection schemes for many products & offers recycling services for many more through the Recycling Centres (RC)  across the county. Due to what happens to the material after you have recycled them there may be certain criteria for some types of materials within these headings.

Aerosols Aluminium foil Asbestos
Batteries Bedding Beds
Bicycles Books Bottles & Jars
Bottle tops Bubble wrap Bulky waste
Cans Cardboard Carpet
Cartons CDs Christmas trees
Clothing Cooking oil DVDs
Egg boxes Electrical items Envelopes
Fire extinguishers Foil Food waste

Mobius loop logo

Fridges & freezers Furniture Garden tools
Garden waste Gas appliances Gas cylinders
Glass bottles & jars Glass sheets/windows Grass cuttings
Greeting cards Hardcore & rubble Ink cartridges
Juice cartons Junk mail Kitchen roll
Leaves Light bulbs (some) Mattresses
Medical aids Metal items Mobile phones
Monitors Newspapers Oils
Paint Pallets Paper napkins
Plasterboard Plastic bottles Printer cartridges

Glass recycling logo

Quilts Radiators Refrigerators
Rubble Shoes Shredded paper
Soil Spectacles Storage heater
Straw or sawdust Telephone directories TetraPak
Textiles Tin foil Toner cartridges
Toys TV screens Tyres
Vegetable peelings Video cassettes Wall paper
Weeds Window frames Wood
Woolly jumpers

Read on to understand how to recycle the various items using the kerbside schemes and Recycling Centres (RC).

Green Box (Box 1)

What can you put in your green box?Recycle paper

  • Paper – newspapers, magazines, leaflets, directories, white envelopes and other white paper.
  • Glass bottles & jars – rinsed and unbroken. Foil – please bag.Recycle glass

NB – Foil is not accepted if it is plastic backed – scrunch up your foil and if it stays scrunched it can be recycled.

What can’t you put in your green box?

  • Broken glass, glass tableware & glass cookware.
  • Foil that fails the scrunch test.

These items can often be recycled at your local Recycling Centre (RC)

Always wash your hands after handling any waste materials.

Black Bin (Box 2)

What can you put in your black box?

  • Food & drink cans – washed & squashed.
  • Aerosols.
  • Plastic bottles – washed & squashed – no lids.Recycle plastic bottles
  • Cardboard – all types, flattened.
  • Textiles – clothes, curtains, towels, blankets, sheets, throws, paired shoes tied together.Recycle textiles
    (put alongside the box in a plastic carrier bags labelled TEXTILES. This will ensure they stay dry.)
  • Car batteries – one per collection.

What can’t you put in your black box?

  • Any plastic tops from bottles, aerosols, etc.
  • Plastic trays, tubs & pots.
  • Plastic film.
  • Textiles – stuffed bedding, eg pillows & duvets

These items can often be recycled at your local Recycling Centre (RC)

Always wash your hands after handling any waste materials.

Food Waste Bin

A special food waste bin with a lockable lid is provided along with a kitchen caddy to households in Somerset. Compostable Logo

Please line your bins with newspaper or a food waste bin liner with a compostable logo like this. The bags marked biodegradable are not suitable as they do not degrade as fast.

The external bin contents will be collected weekly, please use your kitchen caddy and transfer the contents to the main food waste bin regularly. Pull the handle forward to lock the lid so that animals & pests do not interfere with it. To unlock the bin push the handle backwards.

Food waste containers

What can you put in your food waste box?

All cooked & raw food waste, including:

  • Meat and fish – including bones and carcasses that fit in your caddy.
  • Fruit & vegetables.
  • Cheese & eggs.
  • Bread, pasta & cereal.
  • Tea bags & coffee grounds – including coffee filter paper.
  • Paper kitchen towel & napkins.

What can’t you put in your food waste box?

  • Food packaging
  • Plastic bags
  • Garden waste
  • Household wasteNow wash your hands

Wash hands and surfaces after handling food and store it away from heat with the lid closed.

Garden Waste Collections

The council offers a fortnightly collection of garden waste. Any householder who wants to use this service must contact their district or borough council and pay for a green wheelie bin (£46.50 per year) or compostable paper sacks (£25.00 for 10).

CoRecycling Calendarllections are generally made on the alternate week to the refuse collection. No collection is made over the Christmas & New Year period & collections are suspended in periods of severe weather.

Download a garden waste collection calendar.

What can you put in your garden waste bin or bag?

  • Flowers, plants and garden weeds
  • Grass cuttings, leaves and hedge trimmings
  • Small branches (less than 10cm or 4 inches width
  • Straw or sawdust (if bedding material, then only from vegetarian pets, such as rabbits, but not micro-pigs or racing pigeons)

What can’t you put in your garden waste bin or bag?

  • Plastic bags
  • Flower pots
  • Kitchen food wasteGarden Waste Logo
  • Cat litter
  • Dog poo
  • Stones
  • Rubble
  • Soil
  • Large branches or logs>
  • Japanese Knotweed>
  • Common Ragwort

Garden waste is composted and available to purchase from your local Recycling Centre (RC).

Home composting is more environmentally beneficial and a cheaper option for you. If you maintain a healthy garden ot allotment, the composted waste can be re-used in your own garden and will replenish the soil’s nutrients.

The Council has negotiated special deals for home composting bins – the latest offer is shown here.

If you would like to make your own composter, here are some ideas.

What can you home compost?

  • tea bagsHome composting
  • coffee grounds
  • vegetable and fruit peelings
  • crushed egg shells
  • scrunched up newspaper
  • grass cuttings
  • weeds
  • cardboard
  • egg boxes
  • toilet rolls

Good compost is made with a mixture of all of these items, the cardboard will break down and create much needed air pockets. The compost will need to be kept wet enough – use the peelings and grass cuttings for this or add some water and turn it in with a fork. If the compost gets too wet it will smell so you will need to top it up with twigs, dry leaves or more cardboard and turn it over with a fork. Composting can take between 6 and 18 months.

What can I do with recyclable waste not collected by Somerset Council?

There are 16 recycling points across the county. Here you can dispose of any item that could go in the kerbside collecting scheme plus a wide range of other materials including:

Aerosols Aluminium foil Asbestos
Batteries Bedding Beds
Bicycles Books Bottles & Jars
Bottle tops Bubble wrap Bulky waste
Cans Cardboard Carpet
Cartons CDs Christmas trees
Clothing Cooking oil DVDs

Tapes & Discs recycling logo

Egg boxes Electrical items Envelopes
Fire extinguishers * Foil Food waste
Fridges & freezers Furniture Garden tools
Garden waste Gas appliances Gas cylinders *
Glass bottles & jars Glass sheets/windows Grass cuttings

Glass recycling logos

Greeting cards Hardcore & rubble * Ink cartridges
Juice cartons Junk mail Kitchen roll
Leaves Light bulbs (some) Mattresses
Medical aids Metal items Mobile phones
Monitors Newspapers Oils
Paint Pallets Paper napkins
Plasterboard Plastic bottles Printer cartridges
Quilts Radiators Refrigerators
Rubble Shoes Shredded paper
Soil * Spectacles Storage heaters
Straw or sawdust Telephone directories TetraPak

Textiles recycling logos

Textiles Tin foil Toner cartridges
Toys TV screens Tyres *
Vegetable peelings Video cassettes Wall paper
Weeds Window frames Wood
Woolly jumpers

* Charges apply for the disposal if these items.

Recycling Centres

There are 16 recycling points across the county including 2 Community Recycling Sites where a £2 charge is made, the Recycling Centres are free to enter.

Bridgwater RC Saltlands Avenue, Chilton Trinity TA6 3JG – 01278 444877
Castle Cary RC Dimmer Lane BA7 7NR – 01963 351725
Chard RC Beeching Close TA20 1BB – 01460 65855
Cheddar RC Wedmore Road BS27 3EB – 01934 744916
Crewkerne CRS Blacknell Lane Ind.Est. TA18 7HE – 01460 78284
Dulcote RC Dulcote Hill BA5 3PZ – 01749 670973
Dulverton CRS Brushford Road TA22 9AA – 01398 323615
Frome RC Manor Furlong, Manor Road BA11 4RN – 01373 453622

Recycling bins

Highbridge RC Isleport Business Park, Bennett Road TA9 4PW – 01278 784419
Minehead RC Mart Road Ind. Est. TA24 5BJ – 01643 707894
Somerton RC Bancombe Road Ind. Est. TA11 6SB – 01458 274643
Street RC Farm Lane (A39) BA16 9PB – 01458 840076
Taunton RC Crown Ind. Est., Priorswood TA2 8QY – 01823 338615
Wellington RC Poole Brickworks, Nynehead TA21 9HW – 01823 661617
Williton RC Roughmoor Ind. Est. TA4 4RA – 01984 632221
Yeovil RC Artillery Road, Lufton Trading Est. BA22 8RP – 01935 4111

NB The centres at Coleford and Middlezoy closed in April 2014.

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The opening hours for the centres vary across the county, check below to see if a centre near you is open when you need it.

 

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
Bridgwater 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm
Castle Cary 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm CLOSED CLOSED 8am-4pm 8am-4pm
Chard 8am-4pm CLOSED CLOSED 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm
Cheddar 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm CLOSED CLOSED 8am-4pm 8am-4pm
Crewkerne 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm CLOSED CLOSED 8am-4pm 8am-4pm
Dulcote 8am-4pm CLOSED CLOSED 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm
Dulverton 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm CLOSED CLOSED 8am-4pm 8am-4pm
Frome 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm
Highbridge 8am-4pm CLOSED CLOSED 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm
Minehead 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm
Somerton 8am-4pm CLOSED CLOSED 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm
Street 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm CLOSED CLOSED 8am-4pm 8am-4pm
Taunton 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm
Wellington 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm CLOSED CLOSED 8am-4pm 8am-4pm
Williton 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm CLOSED CLOSED 8am-4pm 8am-4pm
Yeovil 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm

All centres are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

What about large items I can’t transport to the Recycling Centres?

The council will collect some other items for a small charge; this includes furniture, fridges, washing machines, etc. If the item is re-useable you could use one of the recycling charities listed later; they will also collect the item and use it in households that need support.

To check the most suitable way to recycle your large items or arrange a collection please contact your district or borough council and make the necessary payment.

Mendip District Council

  • Shepton Mallet
  • 0300 303 8588

Sedgemoor District Council

  • BridgwaterNot pianos
  • 0845 408 2543

Somerset County Council

  • Taunton
  • 0845 345 9188

South Somerset District Council

  • Yeovil
  • 01935 462462

Taunton Deane Borough Council

  • Taunton
  • 01823 356346

West Somerset Council

  • Williton
  • 01643 703704

Somerset Waste Partnership

  • Taunton
  • 01823 625700

Large item recyclingLarge Waste Charges

Number of items         2014 Costs            Each extra item

One to three items         £38.15                        £8.35

NB. There is a maximum of 5 items per collection

What happens to the recycling once it is collected?

Item End product
Aluminium Cans recycling logoAluminium Cans New cans
Batteries recycling logoBatteries Broken down into elements & re-used in manufacturing
Cardboard recycling logoCardboard New cardboard
Electrical recycling logoElectrical items Separated into components for re-use in manufacturing
Foil recycling logoFoil Smelted into ingots for new aluminium products
Cartons recycling logoFood & Drink Cartons Separated into Paper, Foil & Plastic and used as listed
Food Waste recycling logoFood Waste Compost or anaerobically digested to biofuels
Fridges & Freezers recycling logoFridges & Freezers Separated into components for re-use in manufacturing
Garden Waste recycling logoGarden Waste Composted and available to purchase at Recycling Centres

Recycled products

Mied Glass recycling logoGlass Bottles & Jars New glass products
Low Energy Bulbs recycling logoLight Bulbs Separated into components for re-use in manufacturing. Mercury is re-used in new light bulbs
Engine Oil recycling logoOils Blended & reused as alternative fuel
Paper recycling logoPaper New newspaper
Recycle plastic bottlesPlastic Bottles Sorted by type & used in new fleece jackets, compost bins, films & pipes

Recycled products

Shoes recycling logoShoes Sent to developing countries for re-use
Steel Cans recycling logoSteel cans New steel products
TextilesRecycle textiles Sorted & if suitable sent to developing counties. Other textiles are shredded for industrial cloths & rags

You can watch the videos on the Somerset County Council website to find out more about how we collect, sort & regenerate items from the waste.

What can I do with items that I can’t dispose of via Somerset services?

If you want to dispose of items that the council will not take – there are charities and organisations across the county that may take such items.

Furniture, working electrical goods and white goodsRecycle white goods

Somerset Reuse Groups

The district and borough councils all have schemes to collect and reuse furniture and white goods that are no longer wanted. Some of the organisations only offer the reuse to low income familes while others have a differing price structure so enable them to sell to all households.

Please only donate working equipment and complete furniture. Minor repairs can sometimes be carried out.

Mendip District Council

  • Twice as Nice – Shepton Mallet – 01749 347115
  • FurnEquip – Glastonbury – 01458 831188

Sedgemoor District Council

  • Sedgemoor Furniture Store – Bridgwater – 01278 425055

South Somerset District Council

  • FurniCare – Yeovil – 01935 433416

Taunton Deane Borough Council

  • FurniTrust – Taunton – 01823 253053

West Somerset Council

  • Engage Furniture Reuse Project – Alcombe – 01643 70748

St Margaret’s Hospice

St Margarets Hospice, SomersetSt Margaret’s Hospice operates from its original site in Taunton and has extended its services to a new dedicated site in Yeovil. As with all hospices the service provided is that of palliative care & support service with advise and nursing available to those with terminal and life limiting health issues.

There are furniture shops in Crewkerne, Taunton, Wincanton and Yeovil and the hospice offers a collection and delivery service.

St Margaret’s House runs 28 charity shops in the area selling donated goods. Also on sale seasonally are Christmas cards, calendars, diaries and a small selection of new goods. Bring all your good quality clothes, books, china, bric-a-brac, toys and jewellery to your local shop where donations are always welcome.

British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation ShopsAlongside their general charity shops, British Heart Foundation have 150 stores nationwide that sell good quality used furniture and electrical items. A free collection service is offered for most items.

Local furniture and electrical stores are found in Taunton, Weston super Mare and Yeovil.

Metal

Small amounts of metal must be removed to the RC and will not be collected by the council. Local companies offering removal services generally require you to hire a skip. Check with the company if the skip is to be filled with mixed materials or specific ones when you arrange the hire.

Larger items of scrap metal can be dealt with by scrap metal merchants or the Scrap Car Network.

Charity Shops

You can also donate directly to charity shops, search Dentons for a list of your local charity shops. Below is a list for the main cities and towns in the Somerset area:

Recycling Networks and Websites

Freecycle      

The worldwide Freecycle Network is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It’s a grassroots movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns.

Freecycle groups match people who have things they want to get rid of with people who can use them with a goal to keep usable items out of landfills. By using what we already have on this earth, we reduce consumerism, manufacture fewer goods, and lessen the impact on the earth. Another benefit of using Freecycle is that it encourages us to get rid of junk that we no longer need and promote community involvement in the process.

Furniture Re-Use Network

The Furniture Re-use Network, which supports over 300 re-use charities, aims to relieve poverty and reduce waste by promoting the re-use of essential household furniture and electrical appliances to help people in need.

IT for Charities

Donate your old PCs and IT equipment to charity.

Scrap Car Network

Scrap car

The Scrap Car Network is a charity network that removes old vehicles and uses the cash to help the homeless.

 

Ink Cartridges, Laser Toners and Mobile Phone Recycling for Charity

The recycling factory is a charity portal that allows you to recycle ink cartridges, laser toners and mobile phones for charity.

Recycling for Schools

Recycling for Schools takes mobile phones and ink cartridges. Your school will have to create an account and publicise the benefits to all the pupils.

Recycling Guides

Friends of the Earth Recycling GuideRecycling guides

A great free guide from Friends of the Earth about recycling.

Which Magazine Recycling Guide

Which magazines free guide to recycling

Recycling Guides Network

The Recycling Guide Network offers free guides and information on how to recycle for homes, schools and businesses.

RecycleNow

RecycleNow offers online free guides, information and videos about what to recycle and how it is reused.

Know your symbols

General Recycle and Re-use symbols

Download these symbols as a pdf.

You’re sure to recognise some of these common recycling symbols, but do you know the meaning of them all?

Aluminium recycling logo ALUMINIUM This symbol indicates that the product is made from recyclable aluminium.
Compostable Logo COMPOSTABLE This is a Europe wide symbol confirming the product is industrially compostable. Take to your RC.
European Eco label EUROPEAN ECOLABEL A European symbol that shows the product has been produced in an environmentally friendly manner.
Glass recycling logo GLASS Please put this recyclable glass container in a bottle bank.
Green Dot recycling logo GREEN DOT In participating countries this means the manufacturer is funding a recycling program for products with this label. The UK isn’t a participating country.
Metal recycling logo METALS Please put recyclable metals into the skip at the RC.
Mobius loop logo MOBIUS LOOP This indicates whether the product can be recycled.
Mobius loop logo with percentage MOBIUS LOOP WITH PERCENTAGE This indicates how much of the product is made from recycled materials.
Paper recycling logo PAPER Products bearing this logo have already been recycled. The product must contain at least 50% waste paper or board not generated as mill waste. The figure shown is how much recycled material is used.
Tidyman logo TIDY MAN Implies that you should dispose of the product carefully, do not litter.
WEEE Directive logo WEEE DIRECTIVE Shows that a product can be recycled separately from other household waste under the WEEE directive.
Wood recycling logo WOOD This logo identifies products containing wood from well managed forests.

Plastic recycling symbols

These symbols identify the type of plastic used in identify the type of plastic used in a packaging.

 

Recycle PETEPolyethylene Terepthalate found in Soft drink bottles & Cooking oil bottles – recycled into Pillow stuffing & Carpets.

 

 

  
 

Recycling HDPEHigh Density Polyethylene found in Milk bottles, Shampoo bottles & Yogurt containers – recycled into Playground equipment & bottles.

 

 

Recycling PVCPVC found in Water bottles & Detergent bottles – recycled into Floor tiles, Bubble wrap & Traffic cones.

 

 

Recycling LDPELow Density Polyethylene found in Grocery bags, Dry cleaning bags & Frozen food bags – recycled into Compost liners & Rubbish bin liners.

 

 

PlasticRecyclingPPPolypropylene found in Ketchup bottles, Syrup bottles, Lunch boxes & Dairy food containers – recycled into Pipes, Pegs, Battery cases & Trays.

 

 

Recycling polystyrenePolystyrene found in Foam cups & plates, Food trays & packaging – recycled into Egg cartons, Coat hangers & Stationery trays.

 

 

Recycling other plasticAll other plastics and multi-materials found in Safety glasses & Car lights – recycled into Outdoor signs & Car parts.