Cardboard, plastics, cartons and small electrical items added to weekly recycling collections and grey wheeled waste bins to be collected every three weeks
We, along with other East Devon homes will be receiving a letter next week (w/b April 24) giving details of a new improved recycling collection service being introduced by East Devon District Council from Monday June 12.
The new service, which has already started in Exmouth, is being rolled out to the rest of us and means that we will all be able to recycle more items than ever before. The council has added cardboard, plastics, cartons/Tetrapaks and small electrical items to the extensive list that we can already recycle every week. As householders will be able to recycle more and throw away less bulky rubbish, grey wheeled waste bins will be collected every three weeks.
Almost 17,000 households in Exmouth started to use the new service in mid-February, and within the first six weeks their residents were recycling almost 60% of their waste – an increase of 15%.
Letters are being sent out this week to all households in the rest of East Devon, giving information about the start date of the new service, collection days for weekly recycling and food waste along with dates for waste collections. Next month (May) further information will be distributed.
Residents have been asking the council, through surveys, to help them recycle more and waste less for some time. In 2015 more than 1,300 households in two East Devon areas trialed the new service. These trials, in Exmouth (The Colony) and new Feniton, proved so successful that those residents asked for the service to continue.
Most of us will be given an additional 75 litre reusable sturdy sack with a Velcro seal in which to collect extra recyclables. These will be delivered by the council’s contractors SUEZ in May/June. Some properties, such as flats, may receive an additional recycling box instead of a sack, where storage would be a problem.
The council is holding an extensive public awareness campaign to promote the changes. Hundreds of residents have been learning more about the new service at a series of information days. These events are a great opportunity to find out about what we can recycle. Recycling officers will be holding the days on Friday April 28 at Honiton Tesco from 10am to 2pm, Wednesday May 3 at Seaton Library from 9.30am to 12.30pm, Feniton on Wednesday May 10 and Budleigh Salterton Library on Thursday May 11 from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Further events are also being organised.
A series of posters and banners have appeared across the district, in halls and shops, the libraries and schools, inviting residents to ‘Watch this Space’ and learn more about the extra items they can recycle when the great new service is introduced.
Further information about the new service is available on the council’s website – www.eastdevon.gov.uk/onboard and includes a full list of what we will be able to recycle. You can also follow the council’s social media service on Facebook at East Devon District Council and @eastdevon on twitter.
If you want to be kept fully up-to-date about our new collections, download the council’s smart phone app which will send us reminders about our collection days tailored to our own address. The East Devon mobile app is free and is available to download from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
If anyone needs assistance or advice about the new service, please contact East Devon District Council on 01395 571515.