Cardboard, mixed plastics, cartons and small electrical items added to weekly recycling collections and grey wheeled waste bins to be collected every three weeks

Key information is being sent out later this week (w/b Jan 2) to around 16,700 homes in Exmouth giving details of a new improved recycling collection service which is being introduced by East Devon District Council from February 16.

The new service means that Exmouth households will be able to recycle more than ever before as the council has added cardboard, mixed plastics, cartons/Tetra Paks and small electrical items to the extensive list that residents can already recycle every week. As householders will be able to recycle more and throw away less bulky rubbish, grey wheeled waste bins will be collected every three weeks.

Exmouth is in the first phase of a two phase roll out of the new service which will be introduced to the rest of the East Devon district later this year in June.

Letters are being sent out this week to all households included in the first phase and gives information about collection days for weekly recycling and food waste along with dates for waste collections. Later this month (January) further information will be sent out to participating households.

Residents have been asking the council, through surveys, to help them recycle more and waste less for some time and in 2015 more than 1,300 households in two East Devon areas trialled the new service. The trials in Exmouth (The Colony) and new Feniton, proved so successful, that residents asked for the service to continue.

Most households will be given an additional 75 litre reusable sturdy sack with a Velcro seal in which to collect their extra recyclables. These will be delivered by our contractors SUEZ in late January/early February. Some properties, such as flats, may receive an additional recycling box instead of a sack, where storage is a problem.

Cllr Iain Chubb, the council’s portfolio holder for the Environment, said:

The council is determined to offer residents a more sustainable method of recycling and waste collection that looks to the future, benefits the environment, helps our residents do the right thing by recycling more and is financially sustainable.

The council has been holding an extensive public awareness campaign to promote the changes and hundreds of Exmouth residents have been learning more about the new service at a series of information days. These events are a great opportunity to find out about the new service and two more days are being held on Saturday January 14 at Magnolia Walk Shopping Centre from 10am to 4pm and on Monday January 30 at Brixington Parade from 10am to 2pm.

A series of posters and banners have appeared across the Exmouth area, in halls and shops, the library and schools, inviting residents to ‘Watch this Space’ and learn more about the extra items they can recycle when the great new service is introduced.

Cllr Chubb added:

So many people we have spoken to at our information days are very positive about the new service and are really looking forward to being able to recycle more through their weekly collection, instead of throwing things away as rubbish.

We are here to help our residents through these changes and we will have a dedicated team of officers who will be out on the streets of our district giving advice and assisting wherever they can when the service begins.

Information on the new service is available on the council’s website and if you want to be kept up to date on when your new collections are, download the council’s really useful smart phone app which will send reminders about your collection days tailored to your own address. The East Devon mobile app is free and is available to download from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.