Councillors ‘want more details’ on proposals to collect rubbish once every three weeks

A shake up of North Devon’s rubbish collection service has been put back by a month.

Options which included a three weekly black bin collection or charging for the green bin garden waste service were considered today (Monday) by the council’s executive.

Councillors decided they wanted more details on the proposed three options on the table, which also included a weekly food waste collection service and an increase in the amount of cardboard that can be collected.

The meeting also heard from East Devon District Council, which has already started running a pilot scheme of three week collections.

Councillors agreed to defer a final decision until next month, where they requested a more comprehensive report on how ‘option 3’ – which includes collections every three weeks - could be rolled out.

Executive member for environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, said: “East Devon District Council’s presentation today showed how, despite initial concerns from some local people, customer satisfaction of households within the three-weekly trial area was actually very good.

“Although this is very promising to hear, we want to make sure this potential service delivery is right for us here.”

It will be considered again on August 1, with any changes likely to happen from spring of next year.

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