Somerset’s 16 recycling sites will switch to operate cash-free
and cheque-free from Friday 1 September with almost all payments taken only on
credit, debit and charge cards.
The only exceptions will be the £2 cash entry fees for Crewkerne
and Dulverton community recycling sites, and paying at the Reuse Shop within
Taunton (Priorswood) Recycling Centre.
The move to all payments on plastic was agreed by councillors
from all six Somerset authorities following many months of successful trials at
both Chard and Taunton recycling sites since 2016.
Enhancing efficiency, security and the safety of staff, payments
will be accepted on Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards, Visa Electron
and Diner’s Club, including contactless cards.
Among the plastic-only payments taken at all recycling sites
will be for the charged-for materials brought in by residents but classified as
non-household: gas bottles, soil, hardcore and tyres.
And 10 sites take paid-for residents’ vehicle parts for
recycling or disposal, while in a separate scheme, 10 sites accept businesses’
paid-for commercial waste, from timber to fridges.
Plastic-only payments will also be taken for “Revive” soil
conditioner composted from Somerset’s garden waste and sold by every recycling
site at £4 for a bag and £10 for three bags.
Payments for domestic asbestos and plasterboard will continue to
be made online in advance at the Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) website.
A SWP spokesman said: “Thanks to customers and staff, the Chard
and Taunton recycling site trials have proved a great success, showing that it
will work well throughout the network.
“If anyone thinks they may have a site payment problem, they
should see staff before unloading.
“The switch from cash to cards does not involve any new
charges or any changes in prices.”
Information on card payments can be found on flyers and signage
at all recycling sites.
Details of all recycling sites, from opening hours to materials
taken and links to lists of charges, can be found at http://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/sites/.