No money in pot to roll out cardboard recycling

PUBLISHED: 16:32 25 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:32 25 April 2013

Kerbside collections discussed in Honiton.

Money needed to roll out kerbside cardboard collections in East Devon is not within the district council’s budget at this present time, Honiton Town Council has heard.

Councillor Phil Twiss discussed the progress being made with kerbside collections of cardboard and plastic in the town after the subject was raised by Councillor Sharon Pavey at a meeting.

He said: “It is a thing that keeps me awake at night. I have nightmares about it.”

The meeting was advised that East Devon District Council was due to commence the re-tendering process as the contracts were up for renewal in 2015.

Cllr Twiss added: “The harsh reality is we haven’t got £600,000 to roll it out.”

Earlier in the meeting Councillor Vivienne Ash raised concerns about reports of recycling nationally being dumped in landfill and feared this would impact on people’s attitudes to recycling.

Cllr Phil Twiss said this was not the case in East Devon.

Councillor Paul Diviani added: “We make sure all the recycling that we can do will be done.

“We are right at the top for recycling rates.

“We are not sending stuff abroad.”

Deputy mayor, Councillor Peter Halse raised concerns over the packaging of food products.

He said: “Chicken breasts come wrapped in plastic and you can do nothing but put it in landfill.”

Cllr Halse added: “We haven’t got to the stage of thinking that everything we put in the bin could be recycled. It is a big ask but we do need to be looking at it. Cardboard is a case in point, no-one seems to want it.”

Cllr Twiss advised that buying local produce could help reduce packaging.

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