Torridge District Council has taken delivery of 12 state-of-the-art recycling trucks to help improve the efficiency of its recycling operations.
Following a successful trial, the new compartmentalised vehicles will allow for better sorting and separation of materials right at the kerbside.
The new Romaquip vehicles will replace the council’s ageing fleet and will also allow it to extend the range of materials collected.
As well as collecting newspapers, glass and tin cans, they will also be able to pick up mixed plastics, textiles, and food with the aim of boosting recycling rates and reducing the amount of plastics and other materials being deposited and buried in less environmentally friendly landfill sites.
Food waste will now be collected weekly alongside the other recycled items and the council will soon be delivering new larger, lockable food caddies to all of its 32,000 households.
Residents will start to see the new lorries in service as the new food caddies are delivered in the coming weeks, prior to the official service launch date of June 4.
Councillor Mervyn Langmead, lead member for waste and recycling, said: Our residents continually tell us that they want to recycle more and we’re really pleased to be able to offer an improved doorstep recycling service in response to this.
“Our 12 new recycling trucks will collect mixed plastics, tins, textiles, paper, glass, cardboard and food waste.
“We want to encourage our residents to recycle as much as possible at their kerbside and with their help it should mean that the weekly collections, will be much quicker and much cleaner and a further boost to protecting the environment.”
Together with the fortnightly black bag collections and a separate chargeable garden waste service, it is predicted that these changes will contribute to around a 6 per cent increase in the amount of waste recycled across the district and a much more efficient operation overall.
The new recycling service and new waste collection routes and timetables will be fully operational by June 4.
Additional information about the council’s waste and recycling services can be found on the council’s website.