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A Guide to Recycling in Somerset 2018

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


Bicycles_Books_Bottles & Jars

Bottle tops_Bubble wrap_Bulky waste


Cartons_CDs_Christmas trees

Clothing_Cooking oil_DVDs

Egg boxes_Electrical items_Envelopes

Fire extinguishers_Foil_Food waste


Mobius loop logo[easytable]

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


Paint_Pallets_Paper napkins

Plasterboard_Plastic bottles_Printer cartridges


Glass recycling logo



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


Bicycles_Books_Bottles & Jars

Bottle tops_Bubble wrap_Bulky waste


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


Paint_Pallets_Paper napkins

Plasterboard_Plastic bottles_Printer cartridges


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[easytable]

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.





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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.


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


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 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.