Why do a trial?
North Devon’s only landfill site is reaching its capacity. We must look at ways to increase the amount we recycle, therefore reducing what is going to landfill in the black bins.
The trials are part of our larger plans relating to the delivery of our waste and recycling service. This includes:
- collecting all food waste weekly
- introducing an optional, paid for, garden waste service – we spend a lot of time collecting a lot of almost empty green bins. It’s not something we have to do, it’s expensive and it’s not efficient
Together, these changes will help us towards meeting three specific aims:
- to increase recycling by offering more options
- to meet national recycling targets - 50% of all household waste to be recycled by 2020 (we currently recycle 44 per cent) or we face financial penalties
- to reduce the cost of the overall service - we need to meet our financial savings target of at least £340,000 in order to protect vital frontline services
The trial will commence from June 2017 for approximately six months.
The trial area was carefully chosen both demographically and geographically in order to give us a good mix of the population of North Devon.
The trial will be non-optional, although in exceptional circumstances we will look at ways in which we can find an alternative solution.
We will be employing a number of Recycling Advisors, who will advise, assist and support customers on what items they are able to recycle, therefore reducing the amount of waste that is at present being placed in the black wheelie bins and sacks.
If the trial proves successful we will look to roll this out across the district to further boost recycling rates which will see us sending less waste to landfill, which is obviously better for the environment.
- Bratton Fleming
- Part of Brayford
- Whiddon Valley
- Stoke Rivers
Black bin, what’s left?
The Recycle More project is about just that – recycling MORE. Every week, tonnes of recyclable materials are unnecessarily sent to landfill. Space at landfill is running out fast – where will we put the next one?
If everyone recycled everything they can, our reliance on landfill sites would dramatically reduce, improving in our environment significantly.
Weekly recycling collections from June 2017:
- All plastics (except black which can be taken to recycling centres)
- Drinks cans
- Drinks bottles
- Aerosol cans
- Envelopes (including windowed)
- Catalogues, phone books
- All cardboard food packaging
- Toilet and kitchen rolls
- Greetings cards
- Egg boxes
- Cooked food
- Raw food
- Bones and carcasses
- Meal leftovers
- Teabags/coffee grounds
- Fruit and veg peelings
Black bins - LANDFILL
- Polythene wrapping
- Nappies (which we are looking at special arrangements for)
In other words – next to nothing! Therefore, do we need to collect so often? That’s what the trial aims to find out…watch this space!