I am writing to inform you that residents within your area will shortly be added to the SORT IT Plus collections in Taunton Deane. As you will be aware, SORT IT Plus involves the addition of weekly collections of plastic bottles and cardboard to the standard SORT IT collections.
Residents due to be added to the service will be delivered an additional recycling box which is to be used for plastic bottles, cardboard and cans. They will also be delivered a leaflet and sticker for the existing recycling box (copies attached). Deliveries are due to begin this week, and collections start weeks commencing 13th and 20th September.
As this is the final phase in Taunton Deane, any suitable property that is not already on SORT IT Plus will now be added to the service.
Residents often query why we are only able to accept plastic bottles, and not other types of plastic containers. This is because until recently UK reprocessors were only able to sort and recycle plastic bottles and other types of rigid plastic packaging were not accepted or rejected. This is starting to slowly change, with some reprocessors accepting other types too, but the majority are still only able to recycle plastic bottles. SWP continues to keep this situation under review and will consider collecting other types of plastic if this can be done affordably and stable outlets secured, preferably in the UK.
Somerset Waste Partnership