Food-waste recycling proves popular in North Devon

THE month-old food waste recycling service introduced by North Devon Council is being well received. The first phase of the service was launched by North Devon Council on May 18, and involved around 5,000 homes that aren't served by the council's wheelie

THE month-old food waste recycling service introduced by North Devon Council is being well received.The first phase of the service was launched by North Devon Council on May 18, and involved around 5,000 homes that aren't served by the council's wheelie bin service. In the first week alone, 3.8 tonnes of food waste was collected, which is now being turned into compost. A new cardboard recycling service has also been launched, enabling the same households to have a kerbside cardboard collection for the first time.Councillor Rodney Cann, Lead Member for Waste and Recycling, said: "The introduction of the service has gone really well. We now have new recycling vehicles enabling us to collect food waste and cardboard effectively and efficiently. "Our customers have also welcomed the service, as it gives them more opportunity to recycle their waste and addresses some concerns of previously having to leave food waste in black bags for up to two weeks."The second phase of the new service will be introduced in September to the remaining 38,000 homes in the district. They will each be given a new kitchen caddy to put food waste in and then asked to place this in their green wheelie bin for composting. However, when this phase is brought in, households will no longer be able to put cardboard into their green wheelie bins, as it will affect the composting process. Instead, they will also be given an additional brown bag to collect their flattened cardboard.Despite the introduction of the new recycling service, the council is keen to highlight that reducing the amount of food waste in the first place is still the preferred option. As part of the drive, refuse collection vehicles will be carrying new adverts on them to emphasise the point, with Government figures suggesting the UK throws away �10 billion worth of food every year.For more information on the new food waste recycling service, residents can visit the website www.northdevon.gov.uk/greensweep. They can also phone (01271) 374776 or email greensweepdirect@northdevon.gov.uk for assistance.


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