Recycling and rubbish collections

Recycling and rubbish collections will start daily at 6am from now on due to the high temperatures.

Please ensure your bins and boxes are all out in time for the early start (and no earlier than the night before), and note that some collections times may change.

The new start time will continue until cooler weather returns.

To help crews collect your waste, please:

* Sort and roughly segregate materials in boxes without using carrier bags.
* Rinse all containers and squash all but glass and aerosols.
* Cut up all large card and flatten all cardboard boxes.

Crews have been reminded to keep the noise down; apologies in advance for the sound of glass and cans.

Quick reminder on plastic …

Plastic bottles are the only plastics taken at the kerbside; household and food plastic pots, tubs and trays are taken at all 16 recycling sites.

Tetra Paks, other beverage cartons and single-use plastic-lined coffee cups are taken at 12 recycling sites.

Poster competition launches to help children in Somerset

Poster competition launches to help children in Somerset

Somerset County Council is launching a poster competition aimed at youth organisations such as Scouts and Guides, to help the search for more foster carers.

Children and young people are being invited to design a fostering poster that will reach out to potential foster carers during Foster Care Fortnight 15 – 27 May 2018, to find more foster homes for children in care in Somerset.

Being a great foster carer makes a real difference to children’s lives. It helps them through tough times and gives them the support they need to achieve a brighter future.

The winning entrant, who best helps us to communicate the fostering message in their design, will win £250 in outdoor clothing/equipment vouchers; for either them or their troop. From Brownies to Beavers, the competition is open to children and young people aged 18 or under who are part of relevant organisations in Somerset.

They can enter individually or as a unit and design the poster in any A4 format, being as creative as they like.

The winning design will be produced and printed with our logo and will be used as a ‘Fostering in Somerset’ poster in 2018.

Councillor Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council will be judging the entries in Foster Care Fortnight. She said: “There are nearly 500 ‘looked after’ children in Somerset who need a safe and loving foster home. Somerset County Council has a lot to offer community-minded people who are looking for a role that makes a real difference. We’d love those who already have a wealth of experience leading organisations for young people to come forward and try fostering.”

If you would love to make a real difference to a child’s life, call 0800 587 9900, visit or come to one of our information evenings happening all over Somerset:

Help us spread the word: Like us on Facebook @fosteringinsomerset, follow us on twitter @fostersomerset, download a poster from our website and put it up at your venue or workplace.


The competition is open to all guides, scouts, brownies, cubs, beavers, rainbows or similar youth organisations aged 18 or under.  Participants can enter individually or as a group.

Closing date 11th May 2018.

It will be judged by Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council, during Foster Care Fortnight 15 – 27 May 2018.

The winner will be announced on the 28th May.

Posters should be A4 and can use any materials to create the artwork.

For further information, please contact the Press Office on 01823 355020 or email