Saturday, 27 February 2016

Recycling in East Devon: "at the cutting edge of environmental sustainability"

The District Council have carried out a series of trials for recycling:
Futures Forum: Trialing new rubbish and recycling services in East Devon >>> for Feniton and Exmouth >>> report to Scrutiny Cttee >>> 'the improved recycling service with reduced residual waste collection is viable'

There have been concerns about how it will "pan out":
East Devon's recycling trial: How will it deal with nappies? | Exeter Express and Echo
Futures Forum: Recycling and Refuse in East Devon >>> fortnightly collection of AHP to be part of upcoming trial

And to what extent this is in fact about cutting services:
“Improved recycling” = fewer collections! | East Devon Watch
Futures Forum: All change in recycling: "Up until now, EDDC has preferred a cheaper ‘limited’ service compared to other local councils, to help it maintain the lowest council tax rate in Devon."

But there will be new collection of waste:
Cardboard collections could come to Sidmouth - News - Sidmouth Herald
Futures Forum: Rubbish collection - or not - in Sidmouth and East Devon

And now it's going to happen:
Recycling and rubbish - East Devon

New recycling service to roll out next year

11:36 26 February 2016

An improved recycling service is to be rolled out in East Devon – but residents face waiting until next year for it to be available.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) says the new recycling scheme will include cardboard, mixed plastics and Tetrapaks collected from all residents at the kerbside each week.
This follows a successful trial in Exmouth’s Colony, and in Feniton.
The increased recycling collection is combined with black waste bins only being collected once every three weeks.
The announcement follows EDDC’s decision to award its new collection contract to current operators SUEZ (formerly SITA UK).
The new contract, which will run for seven years, with the option to extend up to three further years, totals just over £30million.
EDDC says this underlines its ambition to help its residents recycle as much as possible.
The council has to meet an EU recycling target of 50 per cent by 2020, but hopes to reach at least 60 per cent of waste being recycled with the new scheme.
Councillor Iain Chubb, the council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “The contract heralds a completely new service which only a handful of other councils across the country have recently introduced.
“It really does put East Devon District Council at the cutting edge of environmental sustainability at a time when it’s more important than ever to protect our outstanding countryside.
“The new service will mean residents can recycle more – something they have been asking us to help them with for some time now – and bring considerable benefits to our environment too, as we will be wasting less. I’m absolutely delighted.
“Many of those taking part [in the trials] have asked us to continue with the trials which we have promised we will do, although we will not be collecting Tetrapaks until the new scheme is rolled out across the whole district next year.”
The delay in the new service being implemented has been blamed by EDDC on having to wait for new specially-adapted collection lorries to be delivered.
Cllr Chubb said: “The new kerbside sort lorries are being ordered as part of this new contract, however the lead time on their build means we don’t expect to take delivery of the new vehicles until the end of the year. For this reason, the start of the new service will take a little longer. If the vehicles can be delivered earlier, we will try to negotiate an earlier start to the service.
“However, this time will enable us to ensure that all our residents are aware of the new changes and be fully prepared for the new service which will be rolled out over a phased period in early 2017.
“We have an extensive communications plan around the new service and will be holding roadshows and other events to promote the exciting changes. Until then, existing collections will remain in place and it’s business as usual.”
Steve Holgate, general manager, municipal at SUEZ, recycling and recovery UK said: “We are delighted to have won this market leading contract, which will enable us to continue our partnership with East Devon District Council, helping local residents recycle as much as possible through reliable and progressive collection services.
“Our local team has established itself in the community in recent years and our people take great pride in providing a friendly, efficient and professional service while they help protect the lovely environment of East Devon.”

New recycling service to roll out next year - News - Sidmouth Herald


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