Torridge District Council has thanked residents for a ‘very impressive’ reduction in waste going to landfill.

The first month of the new waste and recycling system in Torridge has resulted in 187 tons of food waste being saved from landfill thanks to the new kerbside food caddies.

The recycling changes came into effect on June 4 and so far there has been a 254 tonne increase in dry recycling from Torridge households.

There has also been a 466 tonne reduction in household waste going to landfill in the last month, compared to June last year.

The draft figures for June show the overall recycling rate was around 59 per cent, compared to 41.2 per cent in 2017/18.

This means so far since the changes there has been a 34 per cent reduction in household waste going to landfill.

Richard Haste, waste and recycling manager for Torridge District Council, said the 'positive response' from Torridge residents was 'really encouraging'.

He said: "Following the major changes to all of our collection rounds, there are still a few individual collection issues to iron out, but as the crews grow more familiar with their new rounds we should see a return to the consistent and excellent services we have provided to our residents for a number of years."

Councillor Mervyn Langmead, TDC lead member for waste and recycling, added: "Although some residents faced missed collections over the first few weeks, the move to the new waste and recycling services has gone extremely well.

"With less waste now going to landfill the results speak for themselves, and I want to say a big thank you to all of the Torridge residents who are making good use of their new food caddies and their recycling boxes and bags.

"The additional recycling presented at the kerbside has created extra work for our crews, but this is a nice problem to have.

"Please keep putting out your recycling every week - it will all be collected."

Residents are reminded to get put their waste and recycling out on time. Black bags should be at the kerbside by 5:45am and recycling (boxes, bags, and food caddies) should be at the kerbside by 7am.

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