Pupils find out the facts about waste and recycling

Posted on: 20 October 2016

A North Devon primary school has been finding out the facts about what happens to their waste and recycling.

Last week pupils from Pilton Bluecoat Academy visited North Devon Council’s Brynsworthy Environment Centre, the home of its recycling facility. The visit was prompted by a number of letters from the pupils, who were concerned about proposed changes to the councils’ waste and recycling services, which will come into effect in April next year.

The pupils were taken on a tour of the facility and saw some of the machinery in action. They also took part in a question and answer session with officers and councillors to help address the concerns they had.

Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, said: “The visit was a great opportunity to meet the pupils and answer the concerns they had. They are a brilliant group and had certainly done their homework. I hope the pupils enjoyed seeing what happens behind the scenes and finding out what happens once their recyclables are collected from their door step.”

Changes to the service include new, weekly food waste recycling, charging for garden waste collections and a trail of three-weekly black bin collections.

As the details of the service changes develop, information will be placed on the council’s website, with households being kept informed of any updates through various communication channels (for example, through the media, social media or by letter/leaflet).

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