THIS month sees the launch of a brand new food waste recycling service in North Devon. Homes that aren't currently served by North Devon Council's wheelie bin service are to benefit first, with these new collections starting from the week beginning Mond

THIS month sees the launch of a brand new food waste recycling service in North Devon. Homes that aren't currently served by North Devon Council's wheelie bin service are to benefit first, with these new collections starting from the week beginning Monday 18 May. Around 5,000 households that usually put their rubbish out in black bags will be able to put all their raw and cooked food scraps into new caddies instead. This includes:* meat and fish, including bones * dairy products, such as cheese and eggs (as well as egg shells)* fruit and vegetables, including peelings* tea bags and coffee grounds* left-overs from meals.The service is easy to follow, with residents being asked to empty their food waste into their new kitchen caddy. If they prefer, they can line the caddy first with either a sheet of newspaper, kitchen roll or a corn starch bag - but not plastic bags. Then, when it is full, the contents can be put inside the larger kerbside caddy, ready for weekly collection with the recycling box and green bag.Rex Bassett, Service Manager for Refuse and Recycling, says: "We already have a good recycling rate in North Devon, with people here very supportive of the drive. However, we want to ensure we continue to build on this by offering local people more opportunities to recycle their waste."A reusable brown bag is also being delivered to homes included in phase one of the service roll-out. This is for all flattened cardboard, such as cereal boxes, toothpaste boxes and corrugated cardboard packaging. Phase two of the service will involve the remaining 38,000 homes in the district that do get a wheelie bin service. This will start later in the summer, when a new in-vessel composter opens at Deepmoor. This will enable food waste to be turned into compost and will help cut the amount of waste going to landfill. Until then, all food waste collected from the district will be composted in Holsworthy.A number of public information stalls about the new service have been arranged, including:* Pannier Market, Barnstaple - Friday 29 May and Friday 5 June* Pannier Market, South Molton - Friday 4 June* Lynton Farmers Market, Lynton Town Hall - Saturday 6 June* Co-op supermarket, Ilfracombe - Saturday 13 June* North Devon Show, Huntshaw Cross - Wednesday 5 August.For more information, residents can visit the website www.northdevon.gov.uk/greensweep. They can also phone 01271 374776 or email greensweepdirect@northdevon.gov.uk.