bin collections could start in Burnham area next year
across the Burnham-On-Sea area could see rubbish collections being
made every three weeks next year if controversial new proposals
six councils which make up the Somerset Waste Partnership will
consider in the next two months whether to reduce the frequency
of residual waste collections across the region to once every
Trials took place within Taunton Deane in late 2014 which saw
over 1,000 households have the collection of black bag
waste reduced from fortnightly to three-weekly, retaining a weekly
recycling and food waste service.
to the Partnership, the trial found that less than 2% of households
in the three-weekly scheme put out extra black bags alongside
their refuse bins. The tranche saw the most positive results,
with food waste collections up 45% and other dry recyclables up
28%. The amount of residual waste collected fell by 27%
The trials were described by the Partnership as having achieved
The Partnership, which manages recycling and waste services for
Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and West Somerset district councils,
Taunton Deane borough council and Somerset County Council, has
announced that its members will consider changes to the county-wide
Spokesman Nick Cater told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Nothing firm
has yet been agreed but the decision must be made in the next
two months in time to order replacements for the ageing fleet
of recycling vehicles. Changes, if agreed, would be introduced
in stages over at least two years."
went on to say that it's unlikely Sedgemoor would be in the first
stage, so 2017 would be the earliest that the three-week collections
would start, if they are approved.
changes to reduce collection frequency for residual waste would
also see councils increase the material collected at the kerbside,
with plastic pots, tubs and trays, drink cartons, small electrical
goods and household batteries to be collected at the kerbside.