THREE North Devon recycling centres have been recognised at an annual Devon County Council awards ceremony. Ther Best Kept Site category was won by Seven Brethren recvycling centre in Barnstaple and the award for best customer service went to Bideford re

THREE North Devon recycling centres have been recognised at an annual Devon County Council awards ceremony.

Ther Best Kept Site category was won by Seven Brethren recvycling centre in Barnstaple and the award for best customer service went to Bideford recycling centre.

Devon County Council has held the internal competition for its recycling centres since 2005 in order to reward the efforts of site staff.

The site with the best recycling rate this year was Sutton Barton recycling centre near Honiton with more than 83 per cent of waste being recycled.

The most improved recycling rate went to Maclins Quarry at South Molton, which improved by more than 12%.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Environmental and Regulatory Services, said: "Our recycling centres are incredibly busy and they play a vital role in encouraging householders to recycle more.

"Well done to all of the award winners and congratulations to all of our recycling centres which across the board are achieving impressive recycling rates and are continuing to improve on them. Praise should also go to people who use our centres because they are helping the county increase recycling and reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill."

Devon County Council has 28 recycling centres and rural skip sites. In 2008/09 they achieved an average recycling rate of more than 73 per cent which contributed to the county's overall recycling rate of 51.6 per cent.