North Devon 's record cardboard collection over Christmas

A record amount of cardboard was collected and recycled over Christmas from homes across North Devon, latest figures show. In the two weeks over Christmas and New Year, North Devon Council picked up more than 70 tonnes of cardboard as part of its kerbsid

A record amount of cardboard was collected and recycled over Christmas from homes across North Devon, latest figures show.

In the two weeks over Christmas and New Year, North Devon Council picked up more than 70 tonnes of cardboard as part of its kerbside cardboard collection. That's equivalent to the average weight of around 850 men.

Councillor Rodney Cann, Lead Member for Waste and Recycling, said: "These figures show residents in North Devon are proactively using the cardboard recycling service. This is great news and it's encouraging to know that local people are keen to recycle.

"However, it's still best if we can cut the amount of waste we produce in the first place, which will help the environment in the long run. One way to do that is to see if you can buy the same product while out shopping, without the unnecessary packaging."

The cardboard recycling service was rolled out across the district in October 2009. Since then, and up to the end of January, a total of 377 tonnes of cardboard has been collected.

Households can use the weekly service by putting all their flattened cardboard in reusable brown bags, which are provided by the council. This includes corrugated cardboard, cardboard food packaging, cardboard egg boxes, toilet roll cores and toothpaste boxes. The waste is then reprocessed into new cardboard.

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Before the service started, cardboard was only collected fortnightly, along with garden waste in green wheelie bins, which was then shredded and turned into compost. However, as part of the new food waste collection service, cardboard can no longer be put in these bins, as it affects the composting process.

If residents haven't got a brown bag for cardboard, or would like any other advice about recycling, they can contact the Works and Recycling Service on (01271) 374776 or email greensweepdirect@northdevon.gov.uk. There is also further information online at www.northdevon.gov.uk/greensweep.

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