Major increase in recycling as trial begins

PUBLISHED: 12:30 10 October 2015

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Exmouth's Colony has seen a 60 per cent increase in recycling after wheelie bin collections were reduced to only once every three weeks, district bosses have said.

The Colony is one of two areas where East Devon District Council is trialling its new collections regime, along with the village of Feniton.

Under the trial, residents of the two areas can, for the first time in East Devon, recycle cardboard and mixed plastics, reducing the demand for waste to go to landfill.

Councillor Iain Chubb, the council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said the first recycling collections for the new trial were ‘excellent’.

He said: “The residents in both areas have completely embraced the recycling message and are doing brilliantly. We’re very grateful to them for taking the time and making such a huge effort.”

The council says it has a dedicated team of officers out and about in both trial areas, talking to householders, advising them on how they can reduce their waste and recycle more, while gathering information on how the trials are progressing.

Residents are advised to contact the council with any problems.

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