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Somerset Waste Partnership takes over duties officially

The Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has now taken over management of waste and recycling services from the council. Somerset County Council said it is the first countywide area to combine waste service functions under a single joint committee of councillors, the Somerset Waste Board (mrw.co.uk July 25 2007), from all county local authorities. Previously, the district and borough councils collected household waste, while the county council managed the waste disposal and the household waste recycling centres. The SWP will manage waste collection, recycling and disposal services for all 228,000 Somerset homes, with the aim of increasing recycling levels to 50% and upwards, as well as reducing waste sent to landfill. SWP managing director Steve Read said: Moving to the new Somerset Waste Partnership is a big step towards improving and harmonising recycling and waste services across Somerset, helping to remove confusion over what services are provided where, not to mention making significant efficiency savings through working as a partnership. The partnership will take over the responsibility of recycling and waste collection and disposal, and we will work to expand the recycling options for the public, in order to continue the growing recycling rate in the county and exceed 50% recycling. The SWP provides waste and recycling services on behalf of Mendip, South Somerset, Sedgemoor and West Somerset District Councils, Taunton Deane Borough Council and Somerset County Council. Image: Somerset Waste Partnership managing director Steve Read with the new SWP logo

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