Council cardboard collection under fire

COUNCIL recycling collections in Torridge have come under fire from a Bideford man after he found cardboard from his green wheelie bin had been rejected and left lying in his front garden. Mark Lonsdale of the Londonderry Estate said he was not alone. I

COUNCIL recycling collections in Torridge have come under fire from a Bideford man after he found cardboard from his green wheelie bin had been rejected and left lying in his front garden.

Mark Lonsdale of the Londonderry Estate said he was not alone.

"I drove around the estate and saw other bins were left with cardboard left hanging out or lying beside the bins and also white letters that were wet in the rain and you could not read,"he said.

"When I asked the council I was told that they will no longer be taking cardboard with any sign of tape on it. I was advised that the recycling plant cannot take it. But we have never had a problem with this before and we were not told this would be happening.


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"When I asked what I should do with the cardboard, I was told to put it in with the ordinary rubbish. You try to do your bit for recycling and look what happens - we just have to put it back with the normal waste!"

Councillor Adam Symons, Lead Member for Refuse and Recycling at Torridge District Council, explained: "Devon County Council, the owner of the in-vessel composter, has requested that every effort be made by Torridge to ensure that only non-contaminated card is included within the green waste, otherwise there is a real risk that a load, which is up to 12 tonnes, could be rejected and have to be landfilled.

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"To ensure that this does not happen, operatives are being extra vigilant and where high amounts of parcel tape or sellotape are detected the card is being rejected, with a rejection slip stating why the card has had to be left.

"It is not practical or cost effective to send around a mailshot to everyone as there are only a small number of properties each day that are affected. Unfortunately, when all of Torridge's waste is deposited together the volume of plastic does present cause for concern.

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