Back in the 1980s, there was little recycling of household waste and most collections were undertaken by charities and environmental groups. I first set-up a paper collection in 1981 and supported Friends of the Earth in campaigning for better resource-use and more recycling. After studying environmental sciences at university, I worked for Friends of the Earth, nationally and regionally, and mostly for local authorities (including in Bath and Somerset), as a recycling officer and waste manager from 1989 until 2017, when I took early retirement.

Through this website, I wanted to share some of the reports and work I and others undertook over the years. Some highlights are shown on this home page and details are presented in reports. There is a page with some history summarising key developments over the years and a page with information on my involvement.

The website is intended for enthusiasts and I hope some find it of interest and useful. Further contributions or comments are welcomed. At the end of this post and on all website pages, there are buttons to share on social media and to comment by ‘leaving a reply’. You can also contact me direct.

Dave Mansell – August 2017

Wiveliscombe, Somerset

Less frequent refuse collection boosts recycling

A growing number of local authorities are changing their refuse collections to every three or four weeks to boost recycling and to reduce disposal costs. There were 15 adopters at my last count with more planning to follow.

Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) started to consider this in 2013 and undertook trials to test ways of diverting more waste to recycling in 2014. The most effective service package for us involved enhanced weekly recycling and picking up refuse every three weeks. Once experienced through the trial, most residents were happy with this service due to the extra recycling, with 86% preferring it to previous collection arrangements.

After consultation with partners and long-running negotiations with SWP’s collection contractor, a decision to adopt new Recycle More collections with 3-weekly refuse was taken by Somerset Waste Board in December 2016.

Further information on current adopters and our trials, options appraisal and new service plans are given under Recycle More on the reports 2003-17 page.

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