Back to one wheelie bin for North Devon?

Council to consult some households on the idea of going back to a single kerbside collection service.

HOUSEHOLDS across North Devon are to be asked if they would prefer to go back to a single kerbside waste and recycling collection service.

North Devon Council is to survey between 6,000-7,000 homes to look at the possibility of ‘co-mingling’, with all waste and recyclable materials put into one container.

Councillor Rodney Cann, executive member for the environment and deputy leader, said it would mean doing away with the green box, wheelie bin and bag, but it was very early days:

“It might be very expensive, or it might not be feasible,” he said.

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“It has been done in other areas and it does produce savings. In the next couple of years some of our vehicles will need replacing and we regard this as an opportunity to look at the service we provide.

“The survey wants to establish how many use the green waste bin throughout the year – in the winter we provide the full service but it’s wasteful because of the number of people that use it.

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“Whatever changes we make we must consult the public if we are going to succeed.”

Mr Cann said the consultation was due to be rolled out shortly and would cover a range of service users in different areas across the district.

North Devon and Torridge district councils are currently looking at joint management arrangements for waste and recycling, with Ricky McCormack of Torridge leading the service for a 12 month trial period.

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