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Food waste collections highlighted as part of Recycle Week

[Monday 18 June 2012]

Photo - food waste being put into a kitchen caddy

People in North Devon and Torridge are being reminded to make the most of food waste recycling services that operate across the two districts.

The message coincides with Recycle Week (18 to 24 June), which aims to raise awareness of what we can recycle to cut the amount of waste going to landfill.

Both councils operate a food waste recycling service, where people can put all their raw and cooked food into their green wheelie bins. These are emptied every two weeks. Meanwhile, households in North Devon that aren't on a wheelie bin service can instead ask for a kerbside caddy to collect their food waste in. These are collected every week, along with other recyclables.

North Devon Council's Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, says: "The food waste recycling service was introduced in 2009 and it is proving to be very popular among many households. However, there is always room for improvement and we hope those people who've yet to benefit from the service will realise it's a simple change to make, instead of immediately putting scraps in their black bin."

Torridge District Council's Lead Member for Waste and Recycling, Councillor Chris Leather, says: "The best way to be green is not to produce waste in the first place. This includes food waste, with some households already using their scraps for home composting. However, we realise this isn't always possible and that's why we want to remind people that the food waste collection service is there for them to use. We're on hand to give advice, so if anyone wants more information, just contact us."

Food waste and garden waste that is collected across both districts then goes to a special composter, called an In-vessel Composter (IVC), in Deepmoor. This is then turned into compost, which is subsequently provided to local farms.

As well as food waste, both councils offer an extensive recycling service, taking into account materials such as plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars, tins and drinks cans,  aluminium foil, aerosol cans, newspapers and magazines, clean clothes, cardboard, sheets and duvet covers. This has helped Torridge District Council recycle 43.6% of all domestic waste, with North Devon Council recycling 44.6% of all waste.

For full details of what items are collected in both districts, go to North Devon Council's website or Torridge District Council's website. You can also call both councils for further information and advice on:
  • North Devon Council - 01271 374776
  • Torridge District Council - 01237 428734

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