Sort it Plus and the ‘Recycler’s dozen’
... now taken in kerbside boxes
Three more materials can be included in householders’ kerbside recycling in Sedgemoor and throughout the county from this week (2 July), Sedgemoor District Council has announced.
Aerosols, textiles and paper kitchen towel have been added to the 10 materials already taken every week by Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP): food waste, paper, card, glass bottles and jar, food and drink cans, plastic bottles, aluminium foil, clothes, shoes and car batteries.
It is the latest advance in the Sort It Plus kerbside service, which went county-wide from late last year, helping take Somerset’s recycling levels to around 51%, and mirrors progress at recycling sites, where materials taken now include cooking oil for recycling to generate electricity.
As with all materials in the kerbside collection, there are some essential dos and don’ts:
Aerosols go out in the same box with food and drink cans. Use up all contents and never squash or pierce them. It helps to discard tops and nozzles into the refuse. All aerosols are accepted but not gas canisters, such as those used in home fizzy drinks machines or containing camping gas.
Textiles, such as towels, sheets, blankets, curtains and covers, are accepted as well as clothes. They should be put out in plastic bags (not black sacks) to keep them dry and labelled: “Textiles.” Not accepted at the kerbside are stuffed items, such as duvets, pillows and quilts.
Kitchen towel made of paper can be recycled with food waste. Kitchen towel will be composted with food waste and, from next year, turned into electricity by Somerset’s new anaerobic digester.
Aerosols and textiles can also be taken for recycling to all recycling sites; food waste is not accepted at recycling sites except for disposal.
Cllr Richard Burden, Sedgemoor District Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and a SWP Board member, said: “Taking three extra materials at the kerbside is another step forward. This will improve services, deliver better value and help householders recycle more.”
Householders seeking advice about kerbside collections should contact their district council customer services or visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk.
GREEN Box (Weekly Collection): paper, junk mail, yellow pages, directories, glass bottles and jars, aluminium foil, clothes(bagged), Shoes(paired) and car batteries.
1 BLACK Box (Weekly Collection): plastic bottles marked 1 or 2 (no tops), food and drink cans, cardboard (flattened) Other plastic containers marked 5 or 6 can be recycled at the plastic bank in Winscombe.
1 BROWN Kitchen Caddy: food waste (raw and cooked food) incl. meat and fish.
1 BROWN Bin: (Weekly Collection) with built in lock for outside storage and collection of food waste.
Consider home composting of non-meat and fish waste if you have the space (Somerset Waste Partnership are offering composting bins for £14.50 220 litre and £17.50 330 litre.)
1 GREY Wheeled Bin: (Fortnightly Collection) for non-recyclables (remember minimise this, as it goes to landfill.
GREEN Wheeled Bins (or sacks) are available at a charge, for garden waste, on a subscribe to, chargeable collection.
ONLY contents of boxes and bins bearing the Somerset Waste Partnership Logo will be collected. Other waste including drinks cartons, can still be taken to the Highbridge or Cheddar recycling centres and other banks.
Helpful videos, special offers on composting bins and other information available from Somerset Waste Partnership.