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Recycling sites: plastics and wood taken from 8 June

Recycling sites: plastics and wood taken from 8 June

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Somerset’s recycling sites will accept more materials from next week.

From Monday 8 June, all 16 sites will take plastic pots, tubs and trays; waste wood (man-made or natural); small household electrical items (such as toasters); and paint.

This is as well as the other materials already being accepted as the service moves back towards business as usual after sites were closed due to COVID-19.

Please remember, any items you would usually pay to have disposed of will not be accepted, such as commercial waste, tyres, gas bottles, soil and hardcore, vehicle parts, plasterboard and asbestos.

All sites are now open for their usual summer hours and the odd and even number plate access system is no longer in place.

Please check www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/recycling-centre-queue-cams before you leave to see the queue cams for Bridgwater, Chard, Highbridge, Minehead, Street, Taunton, Wells and Yeovil.

Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is advising people only to come to the sites if they really need to. Long queues are expected, especially first thing in the morning, as the number of unloading bays has been reduced to allow social distancing. Other access restrictions remain in place:

  • Maximum of two people per household
  • Gloves must be worn
  • Strict social distancing
  • Trailers and 3.5 tonne vans only allowed access 4pm-6pm weekdays.

Mickey Green, Managing Director at SWP, said: “This is another big step forward and we thank everyone for their continued patience and understanding. Social distancing measures will remain for the foreseeable future, so the advice remains to only come if you really need to because you may find yourself facing a lengthy wait.

“We’re all trying to get back to as close to normal as possible, and in Somerset that means great recycling. Most people in Somerset recycle and that helps protect our environment and tackle climate change. Recycling everything you can and making sure it’s properly sorted into the containers helps us reuse and recycle more than 130,000 tonne of waste each year, of which more than 90% stays in the UK.”

The full list of materials taken at Somerset recycling sites from Monday:

  • Rubbish – material you would usually put in your black rubbish bin, excess black bags not taken by kerbside collections (landfilled in Somerset)
  • Bulky items, such as furniture and mattresses (landfilled in Somerset)
  • Garden waste (composted in Somerset)
  • Large household electrical items – white goods, TVs etc (recycled in UK)
  • Small household electrical items – irons, toaster etc (recycled in UK)
  • Hazardous household chemicals, such as solvents, garden chemicals, paint thinners and antifreeze (treated and disposed of in UK)
  • Cooking oil and engine oil, in disposable containers of up to five litres (recycled in UK)
  • Scrap metal (recycled in UK)
  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays (recycled in UK)
  • Paint (water-based recycled in UK; other paint landfilled)
  • Man-made wood – chipboard, MDF, etc (recycled in UK)
  • Natural wood – untreated timber, tree trunks, etc (recycled in UK)

Access to most recycling skips is not possible. Unless you really need to, please do not bring materials that can go in the continuing weekly recycling collections (these will temporarily be landfilled): www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/recycling-collections.

Visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk for more about how to reduce and reuse your waste. Visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest information about services and any disruption, and follow @somersetwaste on Twitter and Facebook.

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Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge


Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

Your organisation and contact details

What happens next....
Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
Burnham & Highbridge Town Council takes your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information for the purposes of contacting you about this grant. The Council’s privacy notice can be found here.

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