Waste for electricity

PUBLISHED: 02:01 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:09 15 June 2010

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6: AN East Devon District Council scheme to turn food waste into electricity has begun across the Axe Valley. The new recycling and waste collection service was launched on Monday to help raise recycling rates in the area up to 50 per cent by 2010. The curr

AN East Devon District Council scheme to turn food waste into electricity has begun across the Axe Valley.The new recycling and waste collection service was launched on Monday to help raise recycling rates in the area up to 50 per cent by 2010. The current rate is 21.8 per cent.Around 12,000 homes in Axminster, Musbury, Seaton and Uplyme have switched to the new service, which includes weekly collections of kitchen food waste and plastic bottles.The food waste will then be recycled to produce a gas to generate electricity for the National Grid. Councillor David Cox, EDDC's portfolio holder for StreetScene, said: "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 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 materials that we recycle."People will use two new containers for food waste and also a wheeled bin for their other household refuse.There is a telephone helpline on (01395) 571515. Alternatively, visit www.eastdevon.gov.uk/recycling_and_refuse.

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