Triple litter / dog waste / recycling bins installed in Taunton and Minehead

MANY new communal bins and recycling bins are being installed in the Taunton and Minehead areas.

The 130 bins have separate sections for litter, dog droppings, and plastic bottles and cans.

They replace existing trash cans in the neighborhood that are damaged, obsolete or no longer suitable and make recycling on the go easier.

The first were in place this week, with deployment scheduled for completion in the new year.

Somerset West and Taunton Council are holding a school poster competition to coincide with its Recycling On-the-Go campaign,

It aims to encourage pupils aged 11 to 16 to make the new bins known and to promote their use.

Posters can be hand drawn or computer generated in A4 or A3 size.

They should include a representation of an outdoor three-compartment recycling bin; guidelines encouraging the recycling of plastic bottles and cans using the correct holes; and the phrase “Recycling on the go”.

They can also include information on the positive effects of recycling on the environment.

The competition is supported by Somerset County Council‘s Education Unit Support Services and runs until Friday, December 17, before being judged by a panel of SWT officers and advisers.

The winning participant will receive £ 500 for their school as well as a printed and framed version of their poster, which will be used to promote recycling on the go.

Cllr Andrew Sully, Executive Member of Environmental Services, said: “Recycling conserves natural resources and saves energy. As a local authority this was an obvious choice to maximize recycling opportunities through the introduction of new bins.

“The poster contest is a great way for young people to have fun while learning about the positive effects of recycling.

“With the abundance of young talent throughout the neighborhood, I hope this inspires many students to encourage public adoption of the new trash cans through the creativity of their poster designs. ”

Executive Member for Climate Change Cllr Dixie Darch said: “The competition is a wonderful opportunity for school children to see how their artwork can make a difference and will show how recycling more is a positive action we can all do. take to help our planet.

For a full competition summary, information on criteria and poster details, email