I know many of you are keen recyclers and will be glad to hear that as of next month, the variety of items collected from our houses for recycling will be increased. Plastic pots, tubs and trays, food and drink cartons and small household electricals and batteries will now be collected.
The programme, soon to be launched by Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP), is called Recycle More. It will be introduced in four phases over the next 18 months, and Mendip will be the first district to get it.
Look out for a new recycling container – a bright blue bag – which will be delivered to all homes two weeks before the changes come into place in your area. You will also be sent information regarding changes to collection times. More materials are being recycled, so rubbish will now be collected every three weeks instead of every two. There will be no changes to garden waste collections.
I welcome the increased recycling service as it supports our goal as a council to make Mendip a greener place. Recycle More is an important step forward as we work together to make sure less rubbish ends up in landfill.
Working together is just what Mendip and SWP have been doing. I was delighted to learn that through our ongoing discussions, ‘No Idling’ signs will be appearing in recycling centres across the district to encourage queueing cars to turn their engines off. Whilst we have good air quality in Mendip on the whole, air pollution is associated with having an adverse impact on our health, so is something we are taking very seriously.
Finally, I am happy to report that last week Mendip councillors voted overwhelmingly in support of the districts’ Stronger Somerset proposal to reform local government in the county.
Stronger Somerset would see the creation of two new unitary councils – East and West – with a combined authority. Its focus is on job creation, improvements in care and public health, investing in young people, and opportunities for all.
Central Government has made it clear that it wants a unitary solution for Somerset but it has to be the right solution that delivers a chance for our county to not only survive, but thrive. You can read more about our plans by visiting www.strongersomerset.co.uk.
If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch either on my Facebook page @Ros.Wyke or you can send me an email: [email protected].