6. Cardboard recycling at a record high during coronavirus lockdown
Cardboard recycling has doubled in East Devon since the coronavirus lockdown in March from an average 250 tonnes a month to a whopping 526 tonnes a month – and there are no signs that these record collections are letting up even with the easing of restrictions.
East Devon residents – who are officially the best recyclers in Devon – are continuing their excellent recycling record despite the pressures of coronavirus.
During the lockdown period from March to June, the district’s 70,000 households are recycling a far greater volume of materials than ever before.
The greatest increase by far has been cardboard. With the high streets shut down and only just re-opening, internet shopping and home delivery has increased hugely. This has meant that the amount of cardboard packaging put out at the kerb-side for collection by the district council has increased two fold.
There have been occasions when the collection crews have had to leave some cardboard at the kerb-side as recycling vehicles have filled so quickly. To help this situation, extra vehicles have been deployed just to collect cardboard and residents are asked to be patient if their cardboard may have been left behind. Households are asked to store any uncollected cardboard and put it out over a number of collections to help spread the load for the crews.