All your Christmas collections and recycling site openings
Festive waste collections will be two days later after Christmas, including Friday collections on Sunday, and one day later after New Year, Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has announced.
Key dates for kerbside collections
|Usual Day||Revised Day|
|Monday 23 December 2019||No Garden Waste collections until 6 January 2020|
|Tuesday 24 December 2019||No Change|
|Wednesday 25 December 2019||Friday 27 December 2019|
|Thursday 26 December 2019||Saturday 28 December 2019|
|Friday 27 December 2019||Sunday 29 December 2019|
|Monday 30 December 2019||No Change|
|Tuesday 31 December 2019||No Change|
|Wednesday 1 January 2020||Thursday 2 January 2020|
|Thursday 2 January 2020||Friday 3 January 2020|
|Friday 3 January 2020||Saturday 4 January 2020|
|Monday 6 January 2020||Usual Service Resumes|
|Tuesday 7 January 2020||Garden Waste Subscribers only - undecorated tree under 6ft collection starts|
The changes to collections days include recycling and rubbish, assisted pick-ups and clinical waste. As usual, there will be no garden waste collections from 23 December to 3 January; they resume from 6 January.
A SWP spokesman said: "Before and after Christmas and New Year, please do not overload our vehicles or crews. Put excess materials from festive parties, internet deliveries and Christmas clear-ups out over time or take them all to a recycling site."
Individual recycling site opening days vary - check details on www.somersetwaste.gov.uk - but the network is open every day of the year except Christmas, Boxing and New Year days.
All recycling sites will be open 9am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays on 21-22 and 28-29 December, and 4-5 January.
The SWP spokesman added that there were plenty of options for real Christmas trees to avoid them ending in costly, wasteful landfill, such as home composting, taking them to any recycling site, using a local drop-off or chipping point, and booking a charity collection.
Garden waste subscribers only can add their undecorated tree under 6ft to their garden waste collection from 7 January.
SWP is promising regular festive updates on its Somerset waste Facebook page and Twitter feed, plus its SORTED! monthly e-zine, from easy "hacks" to cut waste - especially plastics - and recycle more to ways to save money and resources with Christmas food, gifts and decorations.
Among SWP's key Christmas suggestions:
- Buy better wrapping paper. Avoid foil, plastics, holograms, glitter and miles of sticky tape in favour of - just like the song - brown paper packages tied up with string.
- Check crackers for plastic. Many shops now have plastic-free versions, or it is fun for families to make their own from a kit or by checking the net for ideas.
- Shun single-use plastic. Avoid over packaged gift, food and decorations, such as use-once-and-break toys, and the man-made fibres in many festive jumpers.
- Cut waste with gift wish lists. And look for presents that last, are valued, and worth keeping and repairing, ideally made of natural fibres and materials.
- Decorate with natural greenery. It is compostable and beautiful. Then add child creativity, edible treats, and photos of family near and far.
- Check cupboards, fridge, freezer and drawers avoid buying too much. Start saving by eating into the freezer to clear storage. Make a meal plan, then write and keep to the shopping list.