Improved recycling to be trialled in Feniton and Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 11:30 04 July 2015

Iain Chubb

Iain Chubb

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Around 1,800 households in the two areas will be able to recycle more during the trial, which starts in September, as the council is adding cardboard and mixed plastics.

An improved recycling collection service is to be trialled in Feniton and Exmouth this autumn following approval from East Devon District Council (EDDC).

Around 1,800 households in the two areas will be able to recycle more during the trial, which starts in September, as the council is adding cardboard and mixed plastics. Every household in the trial areas will receive an additional 70 litre reusable sack which they can use for their recyclables along with their usual green recycling box. The council’s popular weekly food waste collections will also continue as normal.

As residents will be able to recycle more in their weekly collection, they should produce less waste to go in their grey wheeled bin which will then be collected every three weeks instead of every two weeks in the two selected areas.

EDDC is carrying out the trials to help prepare for the appointment of a new recycling and waste contractor next year.

Feedback and information from the trial will help EDDC make a decision on any future changes to the current recycling and waste service for the whole district.

Councillor Iain Chubb, EDDC’s portfolio holder for the environment, said that the extended recycling collection trial was being introduced in response to residents who have been asking to recycle more materials such as cardboard and mixed plastics.

He added: “We regularly carry out surveys of our residents and time and again they ask us to help them recycle more and waste less.

“Our residents are already among the best in the country for producing less waste and we think this is an ideal opportunity to help them recycle even more.

“With the weekly collection of the additional cardboard and mixed plastics, we feel that these items will take the bulk out of residents’ waste so that their refuse will be far less.”

EDDC is also looking for ‘Recycling Champions’ in Feniton and Exmouth (the Colony) to assist council officers and help them with introducing the

trials.

Call 01395 571515 for more information.

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