Torridge recycling levels soar

To increase recycling rates across the district, Torridge District Council introduced a range of changes to its Waste and Recycling Services on 4th June, including new weekly food waste collections, a move to fortnightly black bag collections, and the introduction of a chargeable garden waste service.

The initial results have been very impressive. Based on the draft figures for June, the overall recycling rate for June 2018 was around 59% (the Council’s recycling rate for 2017/18 was 41.2%).

Comparing June 2018 to June 2017  there has been a 254-tonne increase in dry recycling (glass, plastics, tins, etc.) collected and a 466-tonne reduction in household waste going to landfill. This represents a whopping 34% reduction of household waste going to landfill. In the first 4 weeks of the new scheme, 187 tons of food waste was diverted from landfill as residents made good use of their new food caddies.

Richard Haste, Waste and Recycling Manager: “Following the major changes to all of our collection rounds, there are still a few individual collection issues to iron out, but as the crews grow more familiar with their new rounds we should see a return to the consistent and excellent services we have provided to our residents for a number of years. I am really encouraged by the positive response from Torridge residents and we will continue to work with you all to increase recycling levels in Torridge.”

Councillor Mervyn Langmead – Lead Member for Waste and Recycling said: “Although some residents faced missed collections over the first few weeks, the move to the new waste and recycling services has gone extremely well. With less waste now going to landfill the results speak for themselves, and I want to say a big thank you to all of the Torridge residents who are making good use of their new food caddies and their recycling boxes and bags.

The additional recycling presented at the kerbside has created extra work for our crews, but this is a nice problem to have! Please keep putting out your recycling every week – it will all be collected.”

Residents are reminded to get put their waste and recycling out on time. Black bags should be at the kerbside by 5:45 am and recycling (boxes, bags, and food caddies) should be at the kerbside by 7:00 am.

Additional information about the Council’s waste and recycling services can be found on the Council’s website.

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