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Widespread disruption of garbage collection continues in Somerset amid a “catastrophic” shortage of drivers nationwide.

Missed and delayed collections have affected households across the county in the past two months.

Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has reiterated its apologies as the disruption continues.

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The SWP has warned Somerset residents to expect further delays in the coming days.

The Road Haulage Association previously called the truck driver shortage “catastrophic proportions” – with the nationwide driver shortage estimated at 70,000 last month.

You can find out where the disruptions are occurring in Somerset here on the SWP website, as this page is updated daily.

Today (July 9), it is expected that recycling pickups will be missed at Norton Fitzwarren, while yard waste pickups will be missed in Dunster, Luccombe, Minehead, Porlock, Selworthy, Timberscombe, Williton and Wooton Courtenay.

There will also be returning teams at the following locations today after recent missed recycling drives – Woolminstone, Windwhistle, Clapton, Winsham, Avishays, Hinton St George, Wayford, Combe St Nicholas, Chard, Beetham, Drayton, Fivehead, Langport, Portfield, Heale, Huish Episcopi, Beer and Aller.

Teams will also return to Frome for recent missed garden waste pickups and Ashcott for recent missed waste pickups.

If you need to report a missed collection to SWP, you can do so here.

A statement from SWP reads: “If you report that your garbage or garden waste has not been collected, we will be back within the next two business days.

“If you report that your recycling has not been collected, Somerset Waste Partnership will do its best to get back within the next two business days.

“If they can’t reach you within two business days, please bring your recycling back and take it out the day of your next collection.”

The statement added: “To help make up for the backlog, recycling, garbage and yard waste must be taken out the day before collection days, or no later than 6 am the same day.

“This will allow teams to start blood drives early if necessary – for example during a period of warm weather – and will give SWP and SUEZ more flexibility when planning how to maintain control of blood drives and deal with special circumstances.

“The situation is constantly changing, so please check the Somerset Waste Partnership website for the latest service updates. “

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