TORRIDGE District Council has re-negotiated its contract with South Molton Recycle Limited to continue to deliver its weekly recycling collection service from April 1. The revised contract will mean an improved service delivery to Torridge residents an

TORRIDGE District Council has re-negotiated its contract with South Molton Recycle Limited to continue to deliver its weekly recycling collection service from April 1.The revised contract will mean an improved service delivery to Torridge residents and will result in an increase in the recycling rate, says the council.Council Leader James Morrish said: "Our proactive and progressive approach to improving our recycling service is an asset of which we are proud. Lead member for waste and recycling Cllr Adam Symons and I are committed to maintaining our close working relationship with South Molton Recycle Ltd and are confident that our customers will remain pleased with the service we are able to provide."Meeting targetsRicky McCormack, the council's head of operational services, added: "I am confident that the combined efforts of the district council and SMR Ltd with those of the Torridge residents will help us to meet the future Government recycling targets of 40% by 2010 and 65% by 2025."Sarah Portsmouth, managing director of SMR Ltd, said: "We are delighted to continue the work we started over 16 years ago, working in close partnership with TDC. We want to move forward from the issues last year with North Devon District Council and provide the residents of TDC with a quality service as well as continuing our aims of increasing recycling, lowering the amounts sent to landfill and helping disadvantaged people back into the workplace."SMR Ltd recently lost its contract with North Devon District Council, which decided to take the service "in house.