Recycling and rubbish collection days are changing for some households in Mendip and South Somerset. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

Introduction

Entry to all 16 recycling sites is free, and depositing household waste is free.

Business waste is taken at ten of the sites and charges apply, as well as a vehicle permit scheme. For more information visit business waste and recycling sites.

Charges apply for disposing of certain materials at all our sites because they are not classed as household waste. Please pay a team member by credit or debit card when you arrive at the recycling site.

  • Gas and oxygen bottles
  • Soil and hardcore
  • Motor vehicle tyres
  • Vehicle parts

information

From 1 January 2024, there will be changes to charges for DIY waste.

There will be no charge for construction and demolition materials including asbestos, plasterboard, hardcore and rubble from household DIY projects.

Each calendar month every household can bring up to eight, 50 litre sacks (or equivalent 2m sheets of asbestos or plasterboard) free of charge to a recycling site over a maximum of four visits in a month.

You need to pre-book your trip to dispose of this DIY waste, we need to know:

  • the amount of material you are disposing (up to 8×50 litre sacks per month)
  • the number of times you will need to visit (up to four visits per month)

If you need to dispose of asbestos, plasterboard or hardcore or rubble in excess of your free allowance you can pay here.

Gas and oxygen bottles

  • £8.90 per bottle (below 10kg)
  • £17.60 per bottle (10 to 20kg)
  • £51.80 per bottle (specialist cylinders)

For more information see hazardous waste.

Empty gas cylinders or oxygen bottles can be returned to the original supplier or manufacturer. The manufacturer is usually identified on the side of the bottle. For advice on gas container return, visit Liquid Gas UK

Construction and demolition materials

Including construction and demolition materials, such as:

  • Asbestos – £17.10 per sheet
  • Bricks and concrete
  • Clay
  • Plasterboard – £5.80 per sheet
  • Rubble
  • Hardcore – £5.00 per bag
  • Sinks, tiles and toilets made from ceramics or porcelain
  • Stone

There is no charge for crockery or clay flowerpots, although we ask for these to be put in hardcore skips.

Each calendar month every household can bring up to eight, 50 litre sacks (or equivalent 2m sheets of asbestos or plasterboard) free of charge to a recycling site over a maximum of four visits in a month.

You need to pre-book your trip to dispose of this DIY waste, we need to know:

  • the amount of material you are disposing (up to 8×50 litre sacks per month)
  • the number of times you will need to visit (up to four visits per month)

If you wish to dispose of more than your monthly allowance, then the following charges apply: £5.00 per bag.

You can find more information about permits on Apply for a recycling site waste permit

For commercial prices see business recycling.

Motor vehicle tyres

  • £5.00 per unrimmed tyre
  • £6.60 per rimmed tyre
  • £67.20 per large (for example, lorry size) tyre

No charges apply for bicycle tyres (from households).

Vehicle parts

Special arrangements with charges have been introduced for vehicle parts, which are not classified as household waste, to be accepted at ten recycling sites.

For full details, including prices, please visit vehicle part recycling and disposal.

Last reviewed: April 29, 2024 by Jenny

Next review due: October 29, 2024

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