TIP WATCH: What's it like at the recycling centres this weekend?

Somerset County Gazette: This was a couple of weeks ago - tell us what it's like this weekend. This was a couple of weeks ago - tell us what it's like this weekend.

THE bank holiday’s here, the weather’s lovely, so what better way to spend your free time than by practising your swearing with a bit of DIY or gardening.

But more than the usual perils await those tackling their homes and gardens this long weekend … taking your stuff to the tip/recycling centres could mean sitting in a queue of traffic and even a charge for dumping certain items.

As reported, changes to the opening hours at the recycling centres in Taunton, Wellington and West Somerset have resulted reports of fly-tipping and queues of up to 45 minutes at the Priorswood site in Taunton.

In last week’s County Gazette we reported how Somerset Waste Partnership, which runs the sites, said problems were subsiding.

But on Friday, readers were calling us with tales of long queues at Priorswood while others had spotted rogue fly-tipping.

The partnership has reminded people this week that fly-tipping can land you with a huge fine or even prison. It’s also a ghastly blight on our beautiful countryside and has to be cleared up by the council or the landowner – the message is clear: DON’T DO IT.

Meanwhile, in West Somerset - where you even have to pay £2 just to get into the Dulverton site - there have not been reported problems so far.

At Poole, near Wellington, recyclers are still adapting to the Sunday afternoon closing with scores turning up to find the gates locked.

Somerset Waste Partnership says the recycling centres are open as normal this weekend, but there are changes to kerbside collections - click on the Related Link below for more details.

So this weekend, whichever tip you're visiting, from Minehead to Taunton, let’s see what happens – tell us what you see and experience, whether good, bad or indifferent, by filling in the Your Say box below this story.

You can also email pix to newsquestsomerset@gmail.com or text them to 80360 starting your message with the keywords COUNTY GAZETTE (your standard message rate applies) and we'll upload them over the weekend.

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4:26pm Sat 23 Apr 11

Mark1970 says...

Firstly they would not send ANYONE to jail for fly tipping, unless a chemical or serious hazordous material is dropped. They do not send people to prison for carrying knifes, which they were supposed to.

The sites are run by Viridor Waste management, rather than the Council, even though the council, could remove their contact.

Thirdly, I can say that a lot of people work 9 - 5 mondays to fridays, so only have the weekend to dump their waste, which in turn leads to long queues especially on a Sunday.

I personally would not goto the tip or even supermarkets on a sunday, but loads of people do for some reason, despite being the busiest times.

I certainly would not pay £2 per time to enter a tip, as if you need to do 5 trips because your boot is not big enough, then £10 a time is a lot of money to pay.

Taunton is a rip off, not just for housing, but for rubbish, for parking and a whole lot of other public services.

About time that the people from Taunton, or like me immigrants stand up for their rights.
Firstly they would not send ANYONE to jail for fly tipping, unless a chemical or serious hazordous material is dropped. They do not send people to prison for carrying knifes, which they were supposed to. The sites are run by Viridor Waste management, rather than the Council, even though the council, could remove their contact. Thirdly, I can say that a lot of people work 9 - 5 mondays to fridays, so only have the weekend to dump their waste, which in turn leads to long queues especially on a Sunday. I personally would not goto the tip or even supermarkets on a sunday, but loads of people do for some reason, despite being the busiest times. I certainly would not pay £2 per time to enter a tip, as if you need to do 5 trips because your boot is not big enough, then £10 a time is a lot of money to pay. Taunton is a rip off, not just for housing, but for rubbish, for parking and a whole lot of other public services. About time that the people from Taunton, or like me immigrants stand up for their rights. Mark1970
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4:53pm Sat 23 Apr 11

Monument says...

What a bunch of moaners.

Where do you think the council should save / recoup money.

If paying for dumping some bricks or paving slabs means services for children and the elderly will not be cut or cut so deeply then that's fine by me.

If queuing up for longer means roads get repaired so my car does not crash into potholes then great.

There have to be sacrifices due to the Westminster mis management over the last ten years.
What a bunch of moaners. Where do you think the council should save / recoup money. If paying for dumping some bricks or paving slabs means services for children and the elderly will not be cut or cut so deeply then that's fine by me. If queuing up for longer means roads get repaired so my car does not crash into potholes then great. There have to be sacrifices due to the Westminster mis management over the last ten years. Monument
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5:59pm Sat 23 Apr 11

souwesterly says...

Assuming that your name, Monument, implies that you live somewhere away from Wellington and out in the sticks, I doubt that you ever use a recycle centre.
More likely you've got or found a chunk of land into which you tip everything.
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The recycle centres were set up so that we, the rate-paying public could dispose of items that the rubbishmen couldn't or wouldn't take.....and so we, by taking stuff to the centres, are saving the various authorities a fortune.
So to have to pay to help the council is a real insult.
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In all probability the men who operate at the centres are among the lowest earners on the council's books - certainly they get paid less than a teacher.
So it seems unjust to take recycle workers away whereas disposing of perhaps one manager (from some council sub-sub-committee or something) would save just as much if not more.
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On a different track - queueing for excessive time wastes petrol and causes more pollution.
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What do you, Monument, intend to sacrifice to help the government?
Assuming that your name, Monument, implies that you live somewhere away from Wellington and out in the sticks, I doubt that you ever use a recycle centre. More likely you've got or found a chunk of land into which you tip everything. * The recycle centres were set up so that we, the rate-paying public could dispose of items that the rubbishmen couldn't or wouldn't take.....and so we, by taking stuff to the centres, are saving the various authorities a fortune. So to have to pay to help the council is a real insult. * In all probability the men who operate at the centres are among the lowest earners on the council's books - certainly they get paid less than a teacher. So it seems unjust to take recycle workers away whereas disposing of perhaps one manager (from some council sub-sub-committee or something) would save just as much if not more. * On a different track - queueing for excessive time wastes petrol and causes more pollution. * What do you, Monument, intend to sacrifice to help the government? souwesterly
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6:50pm Sat 23 Apr 11

Monument says...

As a public sector worker in danger of being made redundant I think my sacrifice is liable to be significant. I live in town and use Poole regularly.

I am Just a realist not a moaner.
As a public sector worker in danger of being made redundant I think my sacrifice is liable to be significant. I live in town and use Poole regularly. I am Just a realist not a moaner. Monument
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3:15pm Sun 24 Apr 11

Jim0Smith says...

souwesterly - "we, by taking stuff to the centres, are saving the various authorities a fortune ... to have to pay to help the council is a real insult"
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Tosh, balderdash, rubbish.
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We, by taking stuff to the centres, are saving ourselves a fortune (and our environment, energy, resources etc) ... to have to pay to help ourselves is a smart move.
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BTW, Mark1970, if Taunton turns you off so much, feel free to not let Somerset's door handle hit you in the butt as you leave.
souwesterly - "we, by taking stuff to the centres, are saving the various authorities a fortune ... to have to pay to help the council is a real insult" * Tosh, balderdash, rubbish. * We, by taking stuff to the centres, are saving ourselves a fortune (and our environment, energy, resources etc) ... to have to pay to help ourselves is a smart move. * BTW, Mark1970, if Taunton turns you off so much, feel free to not let Somerset's door handle hit you in the butt as you leave. Jim0Smith
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8:50pm Sun 24 Apr 11

788989 says...

Thursday before the bank holiday the queue stayed at least 30 cars long most of the day. I saw plenty of people turn around, I just hope they came back later.
Thursday before the bank holiday the queue stayed at least 30 cars long most of the day. I saw plenty of people turn around, I just hope they came back later. 788989
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11:39pm Sun 24 Apr 11

Jim0Smith says...

788989 - nice to have plenty of spare time on yuor hands...
788989 - nice to have plenty of spare time on yuor hands... Jim0Smith
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7:49pm Mon 25 Apr 11

the-doctor46 says...

Monument wrote:
As a public sector worker in danger of being made redundant I think my sacrifice is liable to be significant. I live in town and use Poole regularly. I am Just a realist not a moaner.
Monument - you are a realist? so what does that make your most senior managers - sheila wheeler, ken Maddock et al? who pay themselves salaries well over £100k! yet who haven't and don't perform to earn this. Your laissez-faire attitude won't help yourself or this country. No matter who is in power we'll always go through these cycles of financial problems. It's about time we had a big overhaul of our country and it's politics, which waste so much money. Lets be honest all parties are wasting tax payers money fighting each other for an upcoming election, where they should be trying to sort the country out and work together. We need to scrap all political parties and start again. I'm sure the money saved from staffing, overheads, expences etc of all political parties would be enough to repay all our debts and allow us to start from scratch in a democracy where the majority of the public are happy, can afford a house, have a good work/life balance etc.
[quote][p][bold]Monument[/bold] wrote: As a public sector worker in danger of being made redundant I think my sacrifice is liable to be significant. I live in town and use Poole regularly. I am Just a realist not a moaner.[/p][/quote]Monument - you are a realist? so what does that make your most senior managers - sheila wheeler, ken Maddock et al? who pay themselves salaries well over £100k! yet who haven't and don't perform to earn this. Your laissez-faire attitude won't help yourself or this country. No matter who is in power we'll always go through these cycles of financial problems. It's about time we had a big overhaul of our country and it's politics, which waste so much money. Lets be honest all parties are wasting tax payers money fighting each other for an upcoming election, where they should be trying to sort the country out and work together. We need to scrap all political parties and start again. I'm sure the money saved from staffing, overheads, expences etc of all political parties would be enough to repay all our debts and allow us to start from scratch in a democracy where the majority of the public are happy, can afford a house, have a good work/life balance etc. the-doctor46
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2:28pm Thu 28 Apr 11

*Flick* says...

Quote: Monument, Wellington
"If paying for dumping some bricks or paving slabs means services for children and the elderly will not be cut or cut so deeply then that's fine by me.

If queuing up for longer means roads get repaired so my car does not crash into potholes then great."
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It is unlikely we will see any significant change in our roads, and as you can read in another article on this website, child services is one of the most heavily cut. The problem is that the council are wasting money on silly projects when they could use it to help save services that are struggling, such as the care and childrens services you mentioned.
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The new opening hours of the tips are silly. Surely they should open 12-8 a few days a week to give those who work 9-5 a chance to visit the tip. This would then cut down the traffic at the weekends as people who work would be able to go in the week? Just a thought..
Quote: Monument, Wellington "If paying for dumping some bricks or paving slabs means services for children and the elderly will not be cut or cut so deeply then that's fine by me. If queuing up for longer means roads get repaired so my car does not crash into potholes then great." * It is unlikely we will see any significant change in our roads, and as you can read in another article on this website, child services is one of the most heavily cut. The problem is that the council are wasting money on silly projects when they could use it to help save services that are struggling, such as the care and childrens services you mentioned. * The new opening hours of the tips are silly. Surely they should open 12-8 a few days a week to give those who work 9-5 a chance to visit the tip. This would then cut down the traffic at the weekends as people who work would be able to go in the week? Just a thought.. *Flick*
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