Beat the weather Beast to save your waste

Somerset residents have been given a five-point plan to beat the "Beast from the East" weather when it comes to their waste.

With fast changing weather conditions and amber warnings of snow, ice and high winds in place for Thursday and Friday, Somerset Waste Partnership suggests:

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  • Be prepared for severe weather to lead to waste services - both kerbside collections and recycling sites - being suspended or delayed at short notice.
  • Sort and segregate materials in boxes without using carrier bags; squash all except glass and aerosols to reduce the risk of light items being blown out of boxes.
  • If possible, put all waste containers in a sheltered but easily-seen spot, and stack boxes with the locked food waste container on top.
  • If severe weather means your waste is missed, put out containers again by 7am as we will try to make a return collection for four calendar days (recycling) and seven days (rubbish).
  • Alternatively, if it is safe and you have time and transport, take it all to any open recycling site, or if you have space, store your waste until your next planned collection.

A SWP spokesman added: "Please help friend, family and neighbours if they are struggling with waste and containers in the bad weather.

"Where possible, follow government advice - see - and clear snow or ice from pavements to help pedestrians, kerbside collectors and other users."

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To find out more information about severe weather and what to do with your waste visit the Somerset Waste Partnership severe weather page on their website.