Recycling roll-out on the cards after trial success

PUBLISHED: 11:29 21 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:29 21 January 2016


The latest figures from a recycling trial which includes The Colony are further evidence of its success, district bosses have said.

The Colony is one of two communities involved in East Devon District Council’s trial, which sees a weekly collection of recyclable waste, including cardboard and mixed plastic, with the collection of grey wheelie bins reduced to once every three weeks.

Since the trial started in September, the council says recycling in The Colony has increased from 37 per cent to 55 per cent, while the amount of landfill waste from across the whole trial, which also includes Feniton, has reduced by 19 per cent.

The council also says the ‘overwhelming message’ from a survey of residents taking part in the trial was that they wanted it to continue.

Based on the success of the trial, the council’s cabinet and overview and scrutiny committee have recommended that the trial service is considered for the rest of the district in the council’s new recycling and waste contract, which is due for renewal later this year.

Councillor Iain Chubb, who is the council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “Our residents have always shown great support for anything we do to encourage more recycling, but we have been overwhelmed by the efforts made by householders in these two trial areas.

“It really has been heartening to see the residents embracing these changes with such enthusiasm and collecting so much more recycling.

“It’s great news that those who are taking part, are happy for it to carry on.

“We are listening to what residents are telling us and we will be making decisions on any future roll-out of the service to the rest of the district soon.”

Councillor Bill Nash, who represents Exmouth Town ward, which includes The Colony, said: “The trials have been well thought out by officers and well received by residents.”

The council says its recycling team has been carefully monitoring the trials, as well as talking to residents and advising them on how they can reduce their waste and recycle more.

Jointly, householders in the trial areas have, in the first three months of the trial, filled 2,664 large recycling bags of cardboard, weighing 11,990kg, 6,600 large recycling bags of plastics, weighing 6,600kg and 4,926 large food waste caddies, weighing 32,472kg.

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