Service ‘as normal’ from Monday, says district council.

Kerbside recycling collections in Torridge are due to resume on Monday (July 13).

Following a meeting today (Tuesday), Torridge District Council said it had leased vehicles and hired staff to provide an in-house service to all 31,500 households.

Collections will take place on the same days and the same materials will be collected.

The council and its partners have built an entirely new service, from scratch - just a week after residents were told collections had stopped after contractor South Molton Recycling went into administration.

A fleet of vehicles has been acquired to operate the scheme and 13 people employed to carry out the work.

Residents will be able to use their green boxes, and green and brown bags, although rubbish collected under the new service will be sorted at a re-processing centre rather than at the kerbside. None of the materials collected will go to landfill.

Deputy leader James Morrish said: "This is fantastic news following the totally unexpected and unprecedented cessation of collections forced on the council just over a week ago.

"It's really down to the team effort of councillors, officers and third party partners in pulling out all the stops to quickly find a sustainable way forward.

"However none of this would have been possible without the cooperation and support of our residents, who have really shown great patience, understanding and commitment to helping us during this difficult period.

"Bring sites have been well used and it really shows the extra effort people have made to continue recycling and protecting the environment. The community spirit shown really demonstrates a united Torridge at its best."

Verna Green, the council's strategic manager for services added: "I am really pleased that everyone has rallied together, which has allowed us to reintroduce kerbside recycling collections back into the district so quickly.

"The logistics involved in bringing the service in-house has been a huge hurdle to overcome, but through the goodwill of residents and hard work of everyone involved a solution has been devised and will now be implemented.

"Because collections will be on the same day and for the same materials as previously, we hope that this will provide a seamless transition for residents to the new service.

"We will now move forward to assessing a process for assisted collections and distribution of bags and boxes for new residents, but this should quickly follow in the coming weeks."