THE first in a fleet of new recycling vehicles have taken to the streets of North Devon. Four vehicles have been introduced for the launch of North Devon Council's new food waste recycling service. Other materials which can be collected by the custom-made

THE first in a fleet of new recycling vehicles have taken to the streets of North Devon.Four vehicles have been introduced for the launch of North Devon Council's new food waste recycling service.Other materials which can be collected by the custom-made vehicles are all the items in residents' green recycling boxes, such as glass jars, plastic bottles and cans, as well as green bag contents like newspapers, shoes and old clothes.The vehicles can also take cardboard, which can be left out for collection in new brown bags. This service is currently only available for people who have not go wheelie bins.Rex Bassett, service manager for waste and recycling, said: "These new vehicles are a key part in our project to roll out a new food waste and cardboard recycling service."This means people will be able to recycle more of their waste, resulting in less rubbish going to landfill. When the whole district is offered this service, we believe we will be able to increase the amount of waste we all recycle here in NOrth Devon to 50 per cent in 2010."The vehicles were built by Trucksmith of Cullompton and supplied by Western Truck Rental of Barnstaple following a European tender exercise.Six more vehicles are due to be delivered over the next few months before the second phase of the food waste and cardboard recycling service. This will be for the remaining 38,000 homes that are served by wheelie bins.A number of public information stalls have been arranged to help raise public awareness of the new service. These include:n Pannier Market, Barnstaple, Friday May 29 and Friday, June 5.n Pannier Market South Molton, Thursday, June 4.n Lynton Farmers ' Market, Lynton Town Hall, Saturday, June 6.n Co-op Supermarket, Ilfracombe, Saturday, June 13.n North Devon Show, Huntshaw Cross, Wednesday, August 5.For more information go to www.northdevon.gov.uk/greensweep