Awards aplenty! Members of the East Devon District Council team who assisted with the new recycling service, pictured here with environment portfolio holder Cllr Tom Wright, centre

District now in the top 30 best recycling councils in the country

The extraordinary achievements of East Devon households who are now recycling more than ever before following the introduction of a new recycling service this year have won local, national and international environment awards to the district.

Since February, the district council, in partnership with its contractors SUEZ, has rolled out a new recycling service to all 68,700 East Devon properties and extended the range of items residents can now have collected from the kerbside every week. Cardboard, plastics, cartons and small electrical goods have been added to the extensive number of items that can be recycled. As householders are able to recycle more and throw away less bulky rubbish, grey wheeled waste bins are now collected every three weeks.

The move has led to a significant increase in the amount of waste that is now recycled in the district and latest figures show that, on average, 57% of East Devon’s waste is being recycled - an increase of 15% compared to the beginning of this year. The changes putEast Devon among the best recycling districts in England and nationally the council is in the top 30 best recycling authorities out of 351 local authorities in the country. 

The new service has not only been well received by households, it’s winning awards too.

In November, the council, on behalf of its residents, collected an international Green Apple Environment Award at a special ceremony at the Houses of Parliament. The award recognises, rewards and promotes environmental best practice around the world.

The new service also won the Devon Environmental Business Initiative’s best Public Service in Devon Award in late November and a month earlier, East Devon was one of four national finalists in the Best Communications Campaign of the Year in the national Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) Awards. 

All residents received information about the seasonal changes to our recycling and waste collections earlier this month.

Householders can also find out about their collections by putting their postcode in to the ‘when is my bin collected’ area on the council’s website

The council also has a really useful smart phone app which will send reminders about recycling and waste collection days tailored to your own address. The East Devon mobile app is free and is available to download for iphone users from the Apple App Store and for Android smart phone users from the Google Play Store.

East Devon residents will be able to recycle Christmas wrapping paper this year, as they have been able to in previous years. However, as is normal practice, we are unable to accept shiny, metallic, plastic or glittered wrapping paper for recycling as this type of material cannot be accepted by our recycling mill.

For further information about Christmas waste collections visit the East Devon web site’s recycling and waste pages or call us on 01395 571515.