KERBSIDE recycling and rubbish collections will be a day later than normal next week due to the bank holiday on Monday.

Monday (May 3) pick-ups will be on Tuesday, through to Friday's taking place on Saturday (May 8).

Rubbish, garden waste, clinical, assisted and bulky waste collections, and waste container deliveries will all be affected, Somerset Waste Partnership has announced.

Recycling sites are unchanged by the bank holiday.

  • On Friday (April 30), 10 sites will open 9am to 6pm: Bridgwater, Chard, Frome, Highbridge, Minehead, Somerton, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Yeovil.
  • All 16 sites will be open 9am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2.
  • Twelve sites will be open 9am to 6pm on Bank Holiday Monday: Bridgwater, Castle Cary, Chard, Cheddar, Crewkerne, Frome, Minehead, Street, Taunton, Wells, Williton, Yeovil.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, SWP is highlighting vital waste safety advice for residents to keep themselves and staff safe.

  • Take care when handling waste, including washing hands before and after putting out recycling and rubbish for collection.
  • Disinfect waste container handles.
  • Put no tissues, cleaning cloths, gloves or masks in recycling.
  • If they have coronavirus symptoms or are in a household with someone showing symptoms, they should double bag tissues, gloves and disposable cleaning cloths, keep these bags separate from other waste for at least 72 hours in their home, and then add the bags to their rubbish.

And residents are urged to help crews work more efficiently to complete their rounds with simple steps.

  • Sort and segregate materials without using carrier bags in recycling containers.
  • Rinse containers and, if safe, flatten or squash everything except glass and aerosols, putting tops back on plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars, and - in Mendip with Recycle More - cartons.
  • Get boxes and bins out on time on the one-day-later collection day - 7am all week from Tuesday 4 May - and leave them out late so crews can reach as many homes as possible.
  • Park carefully during holiday times when many are at home so waste trucks - and fire engines and ambulances - can get through.