Recycling scheme set to go 'live'

PUBLISHED: 10:09 28 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:08 15 June 2010

THE day you've 'bin' waiting for if you live in the Axe Valley area is almost here. There is just a week to go before Phase 1 of EDDC's new recycling and waste collection service is launched on Monday, August 4. Final arrangements are being completed befo

THE day you've 'bin' waiting for if you live in the Axe Valley area is almost here. There is just a week to go before Phase 1 of EDDC's new recycling and waste collection service is launched on Monday, August 4.Final arrangements are being completed before around 12,000 homes in the East of the district - at Axminster, Beer, Colyton, Musbury, Seaton and Uplyme - become the trail-blazers for the new service.EDDC aims to raise recycling rates in East Devon to up to 50% by 2010. The current rate is 21.8% and each phase is expected to increase the volume of recycled materials by 5%. The switch to the new service, to include weekly collections of kitchen food waste and plastic bottles from homes in the East, happens on 4 August, as the first of five phases across the district. The food waste will be recycled to produce a gas to generate electricity for the National Grid. Waste and recycling collection days across East Devon have been realigned since June, so that both now happen on the same weekday. Leaflets In the new service area, people will use two new plastic containers for food waste and also a wheeled bin for their other household refuse, which will go to landfill. These new bins were being delivered to every home in Phase One during July, along with detailed leaflets explaining what to do. 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. Anyone who is unable to use or find space for a wheeled bin can apply for a gull-proof sack which folds away when not in use and can be used to contain plastic refuse sacks to protect them from pests and rodents.EDDC's website contains full details of the changes. More information and a list of Frequently Asked Questions are available on the EDDC website at: http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/recycling_and_refuseThere is also a telephone helpline: 01395 571 515Members of EDDC's StreetScene team will be available to speak to or visit residents who have any concerns about the new system, or perhaps have special needs.GreenTo underline the "green" credentials of the new service, the wheeled bins are manufactured in the UK and the new fleet of recycling and waste collection vehicles will conform to the very latest European exhaust emission standards.Councillor David Cox, EDDC's Portfolio Holder for StreetScene, said of the changes: "A huge amount of work and planning has gone into preparing for the launch of this improved service. Due to the scale of the scheme, there may be a few teething problems at first, but we hope to keep these to a minimum. We would ask people to read the information leaflets carefully and to make sure they understand which bin does what."Most household waste should be able to go into the dry recycling container or the food waste caddy. We want to keep to a minimum the stuff that goes in the grey wheeled bin - as this goes to landfill. The bins are labelled 'Landfill' to underline this fact."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. I'm sure that people in the Axe Valley will want to grasp this opportunity enthusiastically".The changes at a glance:ChangeImpactArea affectedTimingInformationNew collection days for waste and recyclingCollection day to change from current day. Both recycling and waste collected on same weekday. No other change yet.All of East DevonFrom 2 June 2008Targeted LeafletsEDDC WebsiteLocal PressPhase One waste improvementFood waste collected weeklyRecycling collected weekly - including plastic bottlesLandfill waste collected fortnightlyAxminster, Beer, Seaton and surrounding areaFrom 4 August 2008Targeted leafletsEDDC WebsiteLocal PressPhase Two waste improvementSame as Phase OneSidmouth and Ottery St MaryFrom February 2009Targeted leafletsEDDC WebsiteLocal PressPhase Three onwards Same as Phase TwoHoniton Exmouth Budleigh, Woodbury, BroadclystAutumn 2009 2010 2011Targeted leafletsEDDC WebsiteLocal Press

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