Residents in North Devon recycled almost as much cardboard in the first week of January as in the entirety of December.

The bumper post-Christmas numbers have been welcomed by North Devon Council executive member for environment, Cllr Rodney Cann, who said residents had ‘done us proud’.

“The message of recycling has really hit home now and with our new larger capacity vehicles and planned improvements to our recycling service, I’m sure our recycling rate will continue to rise and targets will be smashed,” he said.

Council crews collected 71 tonnes of cardboard between January 2-6, compared to 90 tonnes during the whole of December.

Their reviewed festive service covered 44,000 homes, which are now being urged to keep up the good work throughout the new year as improvements to the service continue to be rolled out.

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