The cardboard and mixed plastic recycling trial in the village of Beer last year was a success.
East Devon District Council has recently carried out a trial collection of cardboard and mixed plastics at the roadside in Beer. Now, EDDC is looking at the best options for providing a collection service across the whole of East Devon, based on the findings of the Beer trial.
Back in August 2011, Councillors decided to run a controlled trial of collecting cardboard and mixed plastic to see how much material would be presented for recycling. The trial started in September and ended in November.
The Contractor – SITA – collected recycling material including cardboard and mixed plastic from 700 properties in the Beer area. A total of 3 tonnes of cardboard was collected over the three-month period.
Following on from the trial, EDDC sent a questionnaire to 700 householders in January 2012. Of these, 49% of householders responded with feedback on the service.
95% of respondents felt the cardboard and mixed plastics recycling trial was a good trial overall
98% felt it was a good opportunity to recycle cardboard and mixed plastic.
EDDC’s Waste and Recycling Partnership Board has now established the importance of recycling more materials using the kerbside service and work is being done to find the best district-wide solution. A further report will be submitted to the Waste and Recycling Partnership Board at the end of March so members can decide the best way to manage the collection of cardboard and mixed plastics in the future.
Other options are being reviewed as a short term interim measure would be the possible introduction of cardboard recycling ‘bring-banks’ in some parts of the district. In the meantime Tesco stores do take cardboard and mixed plastic in Exmouth, Honiton and Seaton area. Civic amenity sites also accept these materials.