THE amount of rubbish recycled in North Devon has increased by two per cent across the region during the last year. Figures for the last six months show that North Devon Council has recycled more than 43 per cent of all the rubbish it has collected. That

THE amount of rubbish recycled in North Devon has increased by two per cent across the region during the last year.Figures for the last six months show that North Devon Council has recycled more than 43 per cent of all the rubbish it has collected. That compares to 41 per cent during the same period last year.Altogether, 9,825 tonnes of waste including glass, plastic, garden waste and textiles, has been recycled. The weight is equivalent to around 54 Boeing 747s. Portfolio holder for waste and recycling, Cllr Rodney Cann, said: "These are great results which show that the people of North Devon are taking recycling seriously and they should be congratulated for that."However, there is no room for complacency and I would encourage everyone to continue to look at what else they can recycle, to further reduce the amount of waste which is still going to landfill."The Government has set a number of recycling targets for district councils over the next few years. For North Devon, the aim is that 50 per cent of household waste will be recycled by 2010 and there are already developments underway this year to help achieve this target.To find out what other items you can recycle in your green bag, box and bin, as well as at various recycling centres, visit the council's website www.northdevon.gov.uk/greeensweep