Somerset Waste Partnership will start collecting waste in Nunney at the earlier time of 6am on Fridays, due to the hot weather.
Somerset Waste Partnership has asked its staff to be sensitive to noise levels when starting early. If necessary, streets where noisy collections are unavoidable will be revisited after 7am.
Crews are being provided with cold water on hot days. Unfortunately some scheduled collections can be delayed by lorry breakdowns or crews being unable to finish collections due to the heat.
Somerset Waste Partnership has been using social media to ask for greater respect for collection crews after a loader was taken to hospital.
Recycling collections around Nether Stowey were subsequently disrupted after a car attempted to pass a waste vehicle that was parked to ensure safety for all road users.
Collection crews are advised in certain situations, such as collecting on narrow roads, to stop the collection
truck temporarily in the centre of a road as a barrier so other vehicles cannot pass.
This is to protect the loaders who may be working on both sides of the vehicle, and other road users, such as
cyclists and pedestrians.
Luckily in this case, the driver was not seriously injured but the incident was reported to the police.