Missed recycling update from North Devon Council
Posted on: 21 June 2017
North Devon Council is apologising to a number of residents that have been affected by missed recycling collections over the last few weeks.
The issue has arisen due to the unprecedented amount of food waste that is being collected since the introduction of kerbside food recycling earlier this month.
The council estimated how much food waste would be put out based on the experience of what other councils had collected. North Devon’s collections have exceeded all expectations, with 80 tonnes – which amounts to 32 skips – collected in the first fortnight.
Although this is good news as a lot less is going to landfill, it has unfortunately significantly slowed down collections, leaving some rounds unfinished.
In the short term, the council will be putting extra resources into collecting what has been missed, including the possibility of working into the evenings. The council is also working to resolve the longer term issues to ensure these problems do not reoccur.
NDC Lead Member for the Environment Cllr Rodney Cann says: “We really want to thank the public for their continued commitment to recycling more of their waste. We have collected around 80 tonnes of food waste in the first two weeks of the new service which was far more than we were anticipating. We are truly sorry that we have let our customers down by not collecting their recycling and would ask them to bear with us whilst we sort out our logistical problems. We hope to be back on track within a few weeks but in the meantime we will continue to put in extra resources to get the collections completed.”
The Recycle More project was launched on 5 June and aims to get North Devon recycling over 50% of its rubbish by 2020.Posted in: