Extra 65 tonnes collected in just three days

East Devon’s new recycling service which was introduced to 51,000 households from Monday (June 12) is going well with a high level of participation from residents.

In the first three days of the service, the council’s contractors SUEZ collected an extra 65 tonnes of recycling compared to this time last year.

On Monday, they collected from the Axminster, Beer and Seaton areas and picked up 74.7 tonnes of recycling, an increase of just over 20 tonnes on this time last year.

On Tuesday, they collected from Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary areas and collected 81.4 tonnes, an extra 25 tonnes on the same period last year.

On Wednesday, they collected from Honiton area and collected just over 60 tonnes, an increase of almost 20 tonnes on this time last year.

Cllr Tom Wright, the council’s portfolio holder for the Environment, said:

We have been overwhelmed by the high level of participation from our residents on the collection days so far and I would like to personally thank everyone who has taken the time and effort to bring about such a great start to the service. Our residents are doing such a truly excellent job and really getting on board with the new system.

We have seen some great examples of recycling being presented at the kerbside by them which is just what we asked them to do in the information leaflets we sent out.

We are also asking residents to separate their recycling in to the correct sacks and containers as this helps the collection crews complete their rounds more quickly, which means less disruption for residents as our vehicles can move through an area swiftly.

With a service change as big as this we may encounter some settling in issues, so please do contact us if you have any problems. We are here to help.

The council has been holding an extensive public awareness campaign to promote the changes and thousands of people have been learning more about the new service at a series of information days. Our next event is at Axe Vale Festival on Saturday (17 June) from 10am to 5.30pm so please come along.

Residents are being reminded to refer carefully to the information they have been sent to ensure they are aware of their collection days, what they can recycle and how to separate the items between their box and new sack.

Cardboard, plastics, cartons and small electrical goods have been added to the extensive number of recycling items that residents can currently recycle which includes food waste, paper, glass bottles and jars, tins and cans, textiles, shoes, foil and batteries.

The new service, which has already started in Exmouth, means that all residents are now able to recycle more items than ever before and the recyclables are collected every week from the kerbside. As householders are able to recycle more and throw away less bulky rubbish, grey wheeled waste bins are now collected every three weeks.

The council is asking residents to be particularly careful with separating the correct items in to their box and new sack. Cardboard, small electrical items, paper, glass bottles and jars, textiles and shoes and batteries go in to the green recycling boxes. Plastics (including yoghurt pots, plastic meat and vegetable trays, margarine and ice cream tubs and plastic bottles), cartons and Tetra Paks, tins and cans, aerosols and foil (including trays) go in to the new green sack. The council is unable to recycle plastic film or wrappers, polystyrene or take-out pizza boxes due to the food residue that may be on the cardboard casing.

Almost 17,000 households in Exmouth started to use the new service in mid-February in the first phase of the roll out. Within the first nine weeks of the new service, residents were recycling almost 60% of their waste – an increase in recycling of 15%.

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.

Careful planning has gone in to introducing the new service across the district and with the thousands of homes to collect recycling and waste from, the council and SUEZ are advising that there could be some limited disruption as collections settle down.

Further information about the new service is available on the council’s website and includes a full list of what residents can now recycle. You can also follow the council’s social media service on Facebook at East Devon District Council and @eastdevon on twitter.

If you want to be kept fully up-to-date about your new collections, download the council’s really useful smart phone app which will send you 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.

If you need assistance or advice about the new service, please contact us on 01395 571515.