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Recycling collections delayed by floods across Somerset 'further disruption expected'

Floods have caused severe disruption across Somerset, including the delay of recycling collections. <i>(Image: Mike Jefferies)</i>
Floods have caused severe disruption across Somerset, including the delay of recycling collections. (Image: Mike Jefferies)

SOMERSET Council say hundreds of recycling collections have been missed in the county due to flooding, and to expect further disruption as a yellow weather warning has been issued for Thursday December 7.

Due to the scale of flooding, crews will be unable to return to some households whose waste collections were missed, including around 500 households in Merriott and Crewkerne.

Residents have been asked to bring their boxes and bags back inside, and put them out again on their next usual collection day.

Today, crews will return to parts of Yeovil to collect recycling missed on Tuesday December 5.

Some residents in and around Yeovil and Crewkerne may have a delayed collection, any missed collections will be returned for on Thursday December 7.

A spokesperson for Somerset Council said: "Due to the weather forecast, disruption to collections may continue for the rest of the week, but crews will be working on Saturday to collect missed recycling.

"Residents are asked to leave their boxes and bags out for two days.

"If crews haven’t collected after this point, then please take waste back in and put it back out on their usual collection day next week.

"Every week crews makes more than 350,000 collections across then county.

"While the vast majority usually run smoothly, Somerset Council understands the frustration when there are delays.

"Anyone affected by delayed collections is asked to make the most of the space in boxes and bags by crushing, squashing and flattening items if possible."