WHILE waste collections may be the furthest thing from the minds of revellers at the Glastonbury Festival - residents are being urged to take early action to guard against possible disruption.

Worthy Farm may have its own arrangement to collect waste from 170,000 revellers, but households with collections during the festival – from Tuesday, June 20 to Monday, June 26 – have been given advice ahead of the event in a bid to avoid problems.

Last year’s traffic delays and the knock-on impact on recycling and rubbish trucks caused missed or delayed collections for thousands of homes over several days for miles around the festival site.

While no changes to collections are planned, householders are being given clear advice:

  • Put out waste the night before in case collections happen earlier in the day.
  • Consider using a recycling site rather than waiting for a kerbside collection.
  • Ensure all rubbish bin lids are closed with no extra waste outside the bin.
  • Segregate recycle box items (without using carrier bags) to speed up pick-ups.
  • Rinse all containers and squash everything except glass and aerosols.
  • Check latest news on Somerset Waste Partnership’s website and other media.

An SWP spokesman said: “Festival traffic trouble in 2016 caused waste disruption for thousands of families, so extra care this year is a good idea.

“Putting waste out the night before or taking it to a recycling site – sorted in advance – are both easy ways to ensure you get rid of recycling and rubbish.

“Full details of services, recycling sites and latest news can be found at somersetwaste.gov.uk.”

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Among the recycling sites accessible to residents around the Glastonbury Festival are:

  • Frome, open seven days a week, 8am-4pm.
  • Castle Cary, Cheddar and Street, open Monday 8am-7pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 8am-4pm, and Sunday, 8am-1pm.
  • Somerton and Wells, open Monday 8am-7pm, Thursday, Fridays, Saturday 8am-4pm, and Sunday, 8am-1pm.