West Somerset to get kerbside recycling

New weekly kerbside recycling collections will begin in West Somerset in October.

Somerset Waste Partnership said it expected recycling in the area to double as a result of its scheme.

But town council chairman Chris Nelder said he was concerned it would lead to the closure of Dulverton Recycling Centre.

The centre, which takes twice as many types of recyclables, will close if not enough people continue to use it.

Councillor Nelder said: "They're asking us, if the recycling does finish [at Dulverton Recycling Centre] because of low tonnage, to go to Williton and I don't think that's on. We're 20 miles away."

The weekly collections will take 10 different types of recyclables while the centres take 20.

'Must use it'

Nick Cater, from Somerset Waste Partnership, said: "I think there's still going to be a need for a network [of recycling centres] across the county, but the numbers using them has gone down and the amount going through them has gone down.

"If people want it they must use it."

Dulverton and three other recycling centres in Somerset brought in charges in April after the Conservative-run county council cut its waste budget.

The county saw an increase in fly-tipping when the charge was brought in.

Mr Cater said of the new scheme, which will mean general household waste is only collected every two weeks: "It's a very simple, straightforward change. We've done it in every other part of Somerset.

"We will be writing to every single householder explaining all about it with a notification pack that will come in the next three to four weeks."

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