October 13, 2015
Rubbish collections to become fortnightly in Burnham town centre

Rubbish collections for hundreds of homes in Burnham-On-Sea town centre are to change from weekly to every two weeks as part of a plan to standardise services across Sedgemoor.

The 450 homes affected are currently on Tuesday collections and will soon receive an individual letter explaining when their rubbish collections will switch to fortnightly.

Somerset Waste Partnership unveiled the changes this week, but added that weekly recycling pick-ups of a dozen materials, including food waste, will not be changing.

Spokesman Nick Cater said: "For those homes affected who receive a letter, the schedule will be: Tuesday 20 October – rubbish and recycling; Tuesday 27 October – recycling only; Tuesday 3 November – rubbish and recycling; Tuesday 10 November – recycling only and so on."

"Those residents with a wheeled bin should continue to use it, while homes unsuitable for a bin can put out up to four black sacks of rubbish each fortnight."

"Those using black sacks are being offered a free reusable gull-proof bag to cut the litter created by birds tearing open rubbish."

"Residents are urged to make full use of kerbside recycling collections, which accept a dozen materials including food waste, to cut back on rubbish, and to take excess rubbish or recycling to recycling sites if materials cannot be stored to their next collection."

The nearest recycling site is at Highbridge Recycling Centre, Isleport Business Park, Bennett Road, TA9 4PW, which is open Thursday-Friday-Saturday 8am-4pm; Sunday 8am-1pm and Monday 8am-7pm.

Multiple-occupancy properties with shared bins and communal collections are not affected, and the change has no impact on businesses or properties let to holiday makers as these will be using commercial waste collections.

Residents in affected properties can check their new collections calendar online from 20th October by inputting their postcode here.

For collection queries, including replacement waste containers, they can contact Sedgemoor District Council on: or 0845 408 2540 (calls cost 3 pence per minute, plus the telephone provider's access charge, which varies from provider to provider and should be checked to confirm the charge).

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