North Devon food waste collection service to be expanded

A NEW food waste recycling service is about to be rolled out across North Devon.   From Monday, October 12, households served by North Devon Council s green wheelie bin service will be able to start recycling their food waste - from chicken bones and veg

A NEW food waste recycling service is about to be rolled out across North Devon.

From Monday, October 12, households served by North Devon Council's green wheelie bin service will be able to start recycling their food waste - from chicken bones and vegetable peelings, to leftovers from dinner plates and even teabags.

To use the service, residents are being asked to place all their raw and cooked food waste into their green wheelie bins, along with their usual garden waste. This will then be taken to a newly opened state of the art composter at Deepmoor, Torrington, that will see this waste turned into compost rather than being sent to landfill.

To make the service more convenient for residents, new kitchen caddies have been delivered to all homes over the last five weeks. This is so residents can easily collect their food waste in their kitchen, before putting the contents into their green wheelie bins.


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If they want, they can line these caddies first with a sheet of newspaper or a small amount of kitchen roll. Biodegradable corn starch bags can also be bought from various local retailers - a list of which can be found at www.northdevon.gov.uk/greensweep. Plastic bags must not be used.

Councillor Rodney Cann, Lead Member for Waste and Recycling, said: "Around 5,000 homes in North Devon are already using the service, as part of the first phase which was introduced in May. As a result, three to four tonnes of food waste is currently recycled every week, which is excellent. Therefore this second phase, which involves the remaining 38,000 homes, should see that number jump even higher - meaning less waste going to landfill."

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Green wheelie bins will be emptied as usual every fortnight. If residents want to get rid of their food waste weekly, they can still put it in their black wheelie bins. However, it is important to note that waste from black bins will not be recycled.

When the second phase of the food waste recycling service starts, cardboard will no longer be accepted in green wheelie bins. This is because it affects the new composting process. Instead, residents have also been given reusable brown bags to collect all flattened cardboard (for example, corrugated cardboard, cereal boxes, toilet roll cores and cardboard egg boxes). This will then be recycled and turned into new cardboard.

To answer customer queries about the new recycling services, information stalls are being held, including:

* Wednesday 30 September - The Ilfracombe Centre, 11am to 1pm

* Friday 2 October - Pannier Market, Barnstaple

* Wednesday 7 October - The Ilfracombe Centre, 11am to 1pm

* Thursday 8 October - Pannier Market, South Molton

* Friday 9 October - Pannier Market, Barnstaple

* Thursday 15 October - Sainsbury's, Roundswell, 12pm to 3pm

* Sunday 18 October - Food Festival at the Pannier Market, Barnstaple

Customers who don't have a green wheelie bin but would like to benefit from the service are being encouraged to contact the council so suitable arrangements can be made. They can either phone 01271 374776 or email greensweepdirect@northdevon.gov.uk for further advice.

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