Changes to refuse collection rounds

Joseph Bulmer

Review of collection timetable will affect thousands of homes in North Devon

BIN collection times are set to change for thousands of households following a review by North Devon Council.

Between now and October, collection times for green and black wheelie bins may vary for some homes around the district, while from October, up to 6,000 households will have their refuse collected on a different day.

The changes do not any affect recycling collections in the district.

Homes in Roundswell, Braunton, Chivenor, Shirwell and Kentisbury are among those areas primarily affected. The council said it would be writing to those affected during the next few weeks to give further details of when the new rounds will begin.

Councillor Rodney Cann, Executive Member for Environment, said refuse collection rounds were being reviewed to ensure the council provided an efficient service.

He said: “This round remodelling takes into account that our refuse teams now start from Brynsworthy. Therefore, these new, more direct routes will help us save on vehicle use and fuel costs.

“By making our rounds more efficient, this will also help reduce our dependence on agency workers, who have been recruited by us in the past to cover operational work.

“This is, of course, just one way that we are looking to streamline our service and further measures are also being looked into.

“In the meantime, I would like to reassure residents that the changes to rounds will not affect the high standard of service that they currently get and deserve.”