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Garden waste collections in Somerset suspended for six weeks Bath City News

Somerset Waste Partnership has suspended all yard waste collections across the county for six weeks starting August 2.

The combination of a nationwide shortage of heavy truck drivers and Covid self-isolation for staff has significantly disrupted services.

Suspending yard waste collections will allow Somerset Waste Partnership to redeploy staff to support vital waste and recycling services.

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Collections should be suspended until Monday, September 13, but if that date changes, subscribers will be notified.

Anyone who subscribes to the garden waste collection service will automatically have their subscription extended by eight weeks in recognition of the disruption at a key time of the year for gardeners.

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A statement issued by Somerset Waste Partnership said: “We have reluctantly decided to suspend collection of yard waste for six weeks from August 2nd.

“Garden waste collections will continue until Friday July 30 inclusive. We will not be returning for missed collections after this date.

“During the suspension, garden waste subscriptions cannot be started, garden waste bags cannot be purchased, and bag collections cannot be booked.

“We are sincerely sorry for the recent interruption of all collections. We are working hard with our subcontractor SUEZ but unfortunately there is no silver bullet.

“We know it is frustrating, but we ask for your patience. Our teams are essential workers who have maintained services throughout the pandemic.”

What to do with garden waste now?

Somerset Waste Partnership is asking that people do not mix it in trash or recycling containers as it will not be collected.

Instead, they ask for it to be taken to one of the 16 recycling sites that collect yard waste or make compost.

The Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has strongly advised against having bonfires, given the risks of the fires spreading, the likely nuisance to neighbors and the potential diversion of emergency services.

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This notice was published: 2021-07-30 04:00:00

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