EDDC to stop collecting 'side waste' in Axe Valley

PUBLISHED: 12:37 08 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:44 15 June 2010

RESIDENTS in Axminster, Beer, Colyton, Musbury, Seaton and Uplyme, who are taking part in the new waste and recycling scheme, are being reminded that they must put all their rubbish in the containers provided once Christmas is over.

RESIDENTS in Axminster, Beer, Colyton, Musbury, Seaton and Uplyme, who are taking part in the new waste and recycling scheme, are being reminded that they must put all their rubbish in the containers provided once Christmas is over.From the middle of January, "side waste" will not be collected if it is left on or near the official containers. Residents in the Axminster and Seaton areas have been provided with containers for food waste, dry recyclables and landfill waste. Due to some early teething problems with container delivery, residents were given the temporary option of leaving side waste in other containers or bags.Councillor David Cox, EDDC's portfolio holder for StreetScene, said this week: "We are now confident that everyone has the correct containers and we need to start encouraging people to recycle as much as possible. Having the option of leaving 'overflow' items near the standard containers can lead to a reduction in the quantity of materials being recycled, so we want to discourage this practice."We are aware that people may have a need to put extra items out for collection in the week immediately following the Christmas holiday - because most people have more packaging and our collections are re-scheduled at this time of year. But once the first collection of the New Year has been completed, we will NOT be collecting side waste."We are not giving a precise date, because people's collection days and dates vary. But from the middle of January onwards, side waste will no longer be collected. "The wheeled bins for landfill waste are large enough to take an average household's volume and if there seems to be too much material it may be that some recyclable items are creeping into the wrong bin. Most of our residents are doing a fantastic job already, and recycling in this area is up by 53 per cent. Now we want the few that are still putting too much into the landfill container to focus more heavily on putting everything they can into either the food container or the green recycling boxes".The Council is advertising the change in the local press and contractors will be informing any residents they meet on their rounds that crews will not be collecting side waste in future. Waste collection contractors will attach information stickers to containers in this area, informing residents of the change.

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