NORTH Devon Council predicts its new in-house recycling service could save rate-payers almost quarter-of-a-million pounds a year. Recent figures examining the performance of the council's recycling service over the first three months of this financial yea

NORTH Devon Council predicts its new in-house recycling service could save rate-payers almost quarter-of-a-million pounds a year.Recent figures examining the performance of the council's recycling service over the first three months of this financial year suggest the council is in a good position to meet this saving by the end of the year.And while the council says the kerbside collection service is now cheaper to run than the previous service provided by South Molton Recycle, the amount of waste now being recycled has continued to rise.Figures for April, May and June show recycling rates are up by 2 per cent on the same three months last year and the number of complaints it received about the service have dropped.Lead member for waste and recycling, Cllr Rodney Cann, said: "Although we had not planned to bring the service in-house, the move has been very successful. "I am delighted with how well the staff, who were transferred over to us from South Molton Recycle, have settled into our team. "Customer complaints about missed collections and spilled items are down by almost half. "We are not complacent about this improvement and are looking to reduce complaints to a minimum over the coming months. "I am delighted that we are well on target and it is a bonus to achieve the predicted savings in providing the service in-house."Between April and June 2007, more than 4,620 tonnes of household waste was collected and sent to be recycled or composted. This year that figure rose to more than 4,830.