Crewkerne Recycling Centre at Blacknell Lane will be one of the last five sites in Somerset to reopen, along with Cheddar, Castle Cary (Dimmer), Minehead and Somerton, from Tuesday May 26th. Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) have announced that there other 11 recycling sites across the county, at Chard, Bridgwater (Saltlands), Frome, Dulverton, Highbridge, Street, Wells (Dulcote), Wellington (Poole), Priorswood in Taunton, Williton and Yeovil will reopen on Monday May 11th but for essential visits only – in line with updated Government guidance.
Mickey Green, Managing Director of SWP said: “The closure has been frustrating and we’ve wanted to see sites open as much as anyone, but we have to do it in a way which keeps people safe and have only been able to open them up now that the Government has finally clarified which journeys are deemed essential. The sites are likely to be very busy with long queues. Any trip will take much longer than usual, strict social distancing will need to be followed and we will not tolerate any abusive behaviour.”
To ensure social distancing and to protect public and staff, there will be restrictions on the numbers coming into the recycling sites and the range of materials that sites will accept. Measures to control traffic will be in place and the number of unloading bays reduced. For a full update on the temporary changes, reopening dates and days and times of operation, please visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk
Garden waste collections are set to resume on Monday May 11th. Crews will not be collecting material that is not in a green bin or a SWP pre-paid sack. Subscriptions to this service are being extended until mid May 2021, so that subscribers do not lose out financially as a result of the disruption while the service was suspended in response to the coronavirus pandemic.