East Devon homes to see improved recycling but less frequent refuse collection in £30m deal

Recycling bins on Church Street, Sidmouth. Ref shs 2844-04-16SH. Photo Simon Horn

Recycling bins on Church Street, Sidmouth. Ref shs 2844-04-16SH. Photo Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

EDDC picks winning bidder for seven-year recycling and refuse contract

District bosses have agreed to a new waste collection contract offering an improved recycling service, but will mean households’ black wheelie bins are emptied every three weeks instead of two.

The new scheme, if rubber-stamped later this month, will allow residents to recycle cardboard, mixed plastics and Tetrapak at the kerbside.

The thinking behind the initiative is that by allowing cardboard and plastic to be recycled, there will be space for an extra week’s rubbish in the black wheelie bins.

East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) leadership decided on a winning bidder for its £30million, seven-year recycling and refuse collection contract last week.

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But due to European Union rules, the deal can not be finalised until after 10 day ‘standstill period’.

During this time, the winning bidder can choose to accept or decline the offer, and the two unsuccessful bidders can challenge EDDC’s decision.

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EDDC says that if no challenge is made, and if the winning bidder accepts, the contract will be awarded on Tuesday, February 23.

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