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13 March 2014, 15:24
In all flood-affected areas except Moorland, Somerset Waste Partnership will resume full kerbside recycling and refuse collections from Monday 17th March.
While refuse collections will resume in Moorland from next week, recycling pick-ups will start again after pump pipes across the road are moved.
Except for Moorland, the services resuming include clinical, assisted and paid-for garden waste collections. All services will be on their usual days from week commencing Monday 17 March.
To help household waste removal, there will be collections of both recycling and refuse on the usual days in weeks commencing Monday 17 and Monday 24 March in all flood areas except Moorland.
Collections will then revert to weekly recycling on usual days, with fortnightly refuse collections on usual days in weeks commencing Monday 7 and Monday 21 April and fortnightly thereafter.
In Moorland, a kerbside collection of refuse will take place on the usual day in weeks commencing Monday 17 and Monday 24 March, with weekly recycling collections resuming as soon as road conditions, including the location of pump pipes, allow.
As the situation in Moorland changes, which is expected in one or two weeks, further advice will be given.
In areas still disrupted by flooded or obstructed roads, recycling and refuse crews are re-routing collections to reach as many homes as possible.
In flood-affected areas, residents should put out waste on the edge of their property by 7am on collection days as usual. Those without containers should put out refuse in black sacks and dry recycling in carrier bags.
All recycling centres are operating on their usual schedules, accepting 30 or more materials, including refuse.
If your collection is missed, your property inaccessible or you need to replace containers lost in the floods, let Somerset Waste Partnership know by contacting your district council: South Somerset on 01935 462462; Sedgemoor on 01278 435435 or 0845 408 2540.
For more information on waste in flood areas, from food waste to sandbags, check www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/collections/bad-weather.