December 15, 2014
Vehicle parts now taken at Highbridge's Isleport Recycling Centre

Residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area can from today (Monday) take vehicle parts to Highbridge's Isleport Recycling Site for the first time.

The new chargeable service is expected to help mainly car, motorcycle and mobile home enthusiasts who do their own repairs and improvements.

Costs for single components, such as an unrimmed car tyre, start at £3.50, many small parts are at £4.20 per item, with prices up to £103.80 for an under body structure.

The full list of vehicle parts taken and their costs can be found on the Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) website or in a leaflet at the Highbridge recycling site.

It's hoped that by making it easier and more convenient to recycle or dispose of vehicle parts, the improved service will also discourage fly-tipping.

Anyone with vehicle parts should contact site staff when they arrive to check costs, pay by cash, cheque or card, and receive their receipt.

"Before being brought to a site, items that would usually contain fuel, water, lubricants or other fluids must be drained, and those that might contain an electrical charge must be discharged," said a spokesman.

"A few vehicle parts will not be taken. Because of their small explosive charges, airbags, items containing airbags – from steering wheels and dashboards to seats and upholstery – and seat belt tensioners or belt assemblies containing tensioners cannot be accepted."

"Also not accepted are items that contain or could contain asbestos, such as brake pads or clutch assemblies. These must be double bagged in plastic and sealed before being deposited without a charge at Highbridge."

"Although vehicle parts are not classified as household waste, the changes to accept them at household recycling centres have been agreed by Somerset Waste Partnership and site operator Viridor with the Environment Agency, which licence such waste facilities."

Vehicle parts recycling or disposal is not available to businesses or traders. Residents who need further guidance on what vehicle parts are accepted and the charges can click here.

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