Recycling champions!

PUBLISHED: 16:16 06 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:45 10 June 2010

MONDAY, OCTOBER 6: EXMOUTH'S Knowle Hill Recycling Centre has been recognised as the best depot in the county despite the depot manager branding some residents as 'lazy'. The depot has won the Devon County Council award for three of the past four years and this year ach

EXMOUTH'S Knowle Hill Recycling Centre has been recognised as the best depot in the county - despite the depot manager branding some residents as 'lazy'.The depot has won the Devon County Council award for three of the past four years - and this year achieved an impressive recycling rate of 76.36 per cent.The council has held the internal competition for its 28 sites since 2005 to recognise the efforts of the staff, based on their recycling performance and the tidiness of the site.Depot manger Paul Simpson, of Berry Close, Littleham, said: "We weren't surprised we won. We won last year and two years ago - and we have all worked really hard."Our recycling rates now are even better at 80 per cent and we are doing better all the time."But that is because we are recycling more different things - we have just started flat glass and cooking oil - but I think people's recycling habits are getting worse."People are just lazy; we pull a lot of things out of landfill to recycle. People can't be bothered to separate it. "There is a minority of residents who do it correctly, but people really need to be better educated." There are three categories, the small site for up to 300 tonnes per month, medium for 300 to 750 tonnes and large sites, for over 750 tonnes per month.Councillor Margaret Rogers, Devon County Council Executive Member for Environment, said: "These awards are recognition of the important role the county council's recycling centres and staff play in encouraging people to recycle more and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill."Councillor Brenda Taylor, Devon County Councillor for Exmouth Brixington and Withycombe, said: "This is well deserved for the centre which is proving popular with residents and achieving an impressive recycling rate.

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