Somerset waste collections double after snow problems

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Refuse collectors in Somerset have taken double the normal amount of rubbish in the last week after disruptions due to the snowy weather.

Recycling centres are said to have handled twice as much material as usual and extra trucks were put into service.

Crews worked up to 12-hour days to catch up after cancelled collections during December, a spokesman said.

Garden waste collections have been suspended to focus resources on rubbish and recycling collections.

A spokesman for the Somerset Waste Partnership said: "All services and centres are working very hard and we are getting on top of all the problems presented by the severe weather, many tonnes of extra Christmas waste and three bank holidays in two weeks.

"We just hope there is no more snow on the way."

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