More kerbside recycling on the way for East Devon

PUBLISHED: 17:30 24 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:06 30 August 2016

Grey bins will only be emptied every three weks from next February

Grey bins will only be emptied every three weks from next February

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The drive was first trialled by New Feniton and Exmouth residents who were asked to add cardboard and mixed plastics to their weekly recycling collections.

Cllt Iain ChubbCllt Iain Chubb

A new East Devon District Council scheme will be introduced from February which will mean residents will be able to have cardboard, mix plastic and Tetra Pak recycling collected from their homes.

The drive was first trialled by New Feniton and Exmouth residents who were asked to add cardboard and mixed plastics to their weekly recycling collections.

Those who took part used to throw away 60 per cent of their rubbish and recycled around 40 per cent. However, after trialing the new scheme they found they were able to recycle almost 60 per cent of their waste.

This in turn freed up space in their grey, wheeled waste bins, meaning they only needed to be collected every three weeks.

Now EDDC plans to roll out the scheme, being carried out by SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK, across the district in the summer.

An extensive public awareness campaign, explaining the new service to residents, will begin next month and will include a number of activities including roadshows where householders will be able to talk to the authority’s team of recycling officers.

More information, including things such as collection calendars will be sent out in the New Year.

All residents will be given an additional 75 litre reusable sack for their extra recycling which they can use alongside their green recycling box and blue food caddy.

These containers will be collected from the kerbside every week, and grey, wheeled waste bins will be collected every three weeks.

Residents will be able to recycle everything from yoghurt pots, plastic meat and vegetable trays to margarine and ice cream tubs, small electrical items such as irons, printed card and egg boxes.

Councillor Iain Chubb, responsible for the environment, said that the new service was being meticulously planned.

He said: “Our aim has always been to deliver a more sustainable recycling and waste collection service that benefits the environment, helps our residents do the right thing by recycling more and is economically viable. We believe that this new service provides the solution.

“The trials have helped us understand the practicalities of how we can meet residents’ needs and ensure the service is economically viable. I must stress that the new service means that residents will still see us every week – it’s just that we will be recycling much more of what was previously sent for disposal. The recycling collections will not change either. Green boxes, food waste caddies and new reusable sacks will still be collected every week. The only noticeable difference is that householders will be able to collect more recycling and their grey wheeled bins will be collected every three weeks instead of every fortnight.”


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