ALL 16 Somerset recycling sites switch to their summer timetables from today (Thursday, April 1) – but for essential journeys only to start with.

They will continue to open at 9am weekdays, but close an hour later at 6pm.

Year-round Saturday and Sunday hours remain 9am to 4pm at all 16 sites.

In line with government guidance, Somerset Waste Partnership is still advising residents to only make trips if they really have to, for example because waste at home is causing some kind of risk.

The advice will be reviewed as part of the national lifting of lockdown restrictions, but not before April 12 at the earliest.

On-site safety precautions continue including social distancing, no staff assistance with unloading and gloves must be worn.

Members of the public are asked to consider wearing a mask.

People should check government restrictions on travel and Somerset Waste Partnership safety measures before making a visit.

Latest site details including opening days can be found at