Somerset Waste Partnership January 2021


6am start from Monday 1 February All household kerbside collections - recycling, rubbish and garden waste - will begin at 6am, rather than the previous 7am, from Monday 1 February.If your kerbside collection was missed Somerset Waste Partnership will collect on the 15 Feb instead.


Initially for the month of February, householders will need to put all their recycling, rubbish and garden waste out by 6am, or do so the night before.
 

Comprehensive health measures

Safety steps for waste staff include working in bubbles, minimising contact with colleagues and customers, PPE use, good hygiene, plus a rigorous approach to tracing contacts and - if needed - isolating all members of a team bubble.

Staff who wish to wear masks are given reusable items and safe use guidance. All staff have full work PPE. Government guidance does not recommend face masks for the operational waste sector. It leads to frequent face touching, which carries extra risks from handling waste.
 
As well as working in small team bubbles, collection crews - where possible - meet drivers at an agreed point rather than at a depot. Guidance acknowledges that social distancing may not be possible inside vehicles.
 
All staff are encouraged and helped to maintain high hygiene standards, with hand sanitisers and washing facilities, including those on the latest recycling vehicles. At depots, safety includes screens, one-way systems, and spaced starts. Crews clean vehicle cabs and touch points at least three times a day. 
 
 
What should residents do?
 
Personal waste from people who are infected, have symptoms or live with someone with symptoms, should be double bagged, stored securely, and kept separate from other waste within the home for at least 72 hours (three days) before being put in the rubbish outside the house for collection. Wash or sanitise hands before and after handling waste containers, disinfect container handles, and keep social distance from waste staff.
More information: somersetwaste.gov.uk/coronavirus