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Satnav chaos and storms hit Somerset collections


Stormy weather and motorway congestion in Somerset have combined to hit collections swollen by Christmas waste and an ‘Amazon avalanche’ of packaging.

Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) said that “massive” traffic disruption on the M5 on 6 January hit collections in parts of the county with minor roads jammed for hours, delaying its recycling trucks.

SWP said this added to residents’ waste woes after storm damage a week earlier knocked out collections in some areas of Mendip and South Somerset.

Its website said: “Waste levels leaped 25% this Christmas over 2014 – far more than expected – and almost two-thirds again above regular weekly tonnages, forcing many extra time-consuming trips to unload.

“In particular, there has been an ‘Amazon avalanche’ of bulky cardboard from internet shopping, while waste food is three times usual levels.”

A SWP spokesman added: “Like every Somerset resident, the last thing we need is an M5 blockage that sets off satnav chaos and disrupts travel on almost every other road in the county.

“We appreciate residents’ patience, and the help many give in speeding things up by storing materials or taking them to recycling sites.”

SWP said it expected rounds to be back to normal in two working days and collections this Saturday.

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