Waste Collection Update – Industrial action suspended

Updated July 18th, 2023

Strike action by Somerset waste collection crews has been called off. This follows a positive ballot response from Unite union members on an improved pay offer from SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, the Council’s collections contractor. All services should be operating as usual. Please present your recycling, refuse and garden waste in the usual way on the usual day.   Keep up-to-date with waste collections deliveries here.

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The strike action that was planned to start on Wednesday (12 July) has been suspended pending the outcome of the ballot and all collections services should be running as normal.

Residents are asked to present their refuse, recycling and garden waste as usual.

There is a chance that tomorrow’s services maybe compromised to some extent given the late notice of suspension of industrial action.

Clearly, there is some way to go and a risk of industrial action remains, but the immediate widespread disruption to collections has been avoided.

We will send out communications about the suspension of action this afternoon through our various channels.

The online garden waste form is being reinstated to take new subscriptions, renewals and requests for replacement garden waste bins. We are also taking requests for container deliveries.

In the coming days we will be working through reinstating bulk waste collections.

Please continue to use the Somerset Council website for the latest updates and advice.

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