Major changes to refuse collections announced

PUBLISHED: 14:23 13 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 15 June 2010

THE first phase in a major change to household recycling and waste collections in East Devon will be implemented on June 2 - the start of Recycle Now Week.

THE first phase in a major change to household recycling and waste collections in East Devon will be implemented on June 2 - the start of Recycle Now Week. Collection days across the district will be changing as East Devon District Council prepares to launch an upgraded recycling service to include weekly collections of kitchen food waste from some homes later this summer. Waste and recycling collections will both happen on the same weekday., although collections of non-food and non-recyclable waste will be fortnightly.Councillor David Cox, the council's portfolio holder for StreetScene, said: "We all need to do as much as we can for the environment. It's vital that we reduce landfill and increase the number and volume of the materials that we recycle. Councils play a large part in this by collecting and processing the waste, but we can't do anything without the help and co-operation of our residents."We need people to think very carefully about their waste. As much as possible should go into the recycling bins - which will be collected weekly in the Phase One area. Food waste will also be collected weekly to avoid concerns about smells or flies. Any other waste items, which should be in small quantities, should go in the wheeled bins, which will be emptied fortnightly."This is a major change in the way waste is collected in East Devon. With thousands of homes switching to the new system, there may be a few teething problems. But by giving out lots of information and introducing the changes gradually we hope that we can keep these to a minimum."I would urge residents to approach this change with enthusiasm so that together we can make a real difference to the environment and reduce the impact that we in East Devon have on climate change".Collections days will change from Monday, June 2. That change, once made, will stay constant over the coming years, as recycling and waste collection improvements are phased in across the district.Leaflets are being delivered to every home in East Devon during May, so that residents are fully prepared for their waste and recycling bins to be collected on a different weekday than before. In a few cases, the day may stay the same as before, but for the vast majority of households the bin and/or recycling collection will move. The change in collection days is part of the process designed to make things run more smoothly when SITA, the contractor collecting waste and recycling from East Devon homes, starts operating the change to collections in the Axe Valley - Axminster, Beer and Seaton, plus the rural areas nearby, as part of Phase One. Phase Two, in an area still to be decided, will start early in 2009.Residents of the areas in Phase One of the new collection will receive further information leaflets early in June, explaining how the new system will work when it starts on August 4. More detailed information will be delivered to these householders nearer the launch date of the new system.New bins will be delivered to every home in Phase One during July. Householders will continue to use the existing lidded green boxes for their recycling materials, which will now include plastic bottles. The food waste containers can be lined with newspaper or with special compostable bags - not old carrier bags or other non-biodegradable plastic.An information road-show will be visiting the towns and villages that are part of the Phase One improvement area during the first week of June.Members of the council StreetScene team will also be available to speak to or visit residents who have any concerns about the new system, or perhaps have special needs.To underline the "green" credentials of the new service, the bins supplied to households are manufactured in the UK and the new fleet of recycling and waste collection vehicles will conform with the very latest standards.

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