Council welcomes back group visitors to recycling centre
18 October 2022
North Devon Council welcomed Soroptimist International Barnstaple & District to its recycling centre yesterday (Monday 17 October) in what was the first group visit since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The group of 12 ladies were taken on a tour of the facility at Brynsworthy Environment Centre near Barnstaple where they found out what happens to North Devon's waste.
The group have visited the recycling centre before, but with several new members now involved they reattended to find out more about how they can make positive changes for the future and raise their levels of awareness.
The visit marks the council once again being able to welcome schools and groups to the recycling centre, having been unable to do since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
Soroptimist International Barnstaple & District are part of a worldwide women's service organisation which aims to improve the lives of women and girls at a local, national and international level.
They work on topics within different areas of economic and social development, including the environment and education. Their local environmental projects have included litter picks, beach cleans, tree planting and regular gardening at a women's refuge.
Lead Member for the Environment at North Devon Council, Councillor Netti Pearson, says: "It has been great to welcome back Soroptimists International Barnstaple and District for this visit, which I hope they found hugely informative.
"Visits such as these enable us to raise awareness of what happens to our residents' recycling once it leaves their homes and the efforts that go into making North Devon more sustainable. Visitors may also come away thinking about how they can make changes to reduce their household waste. It is wonderful that we are once again able to offer these visits to groups and schools and we look forward to welcoming new visitors in the near future."
Soroptimist International Barnstaple & District's group leader, Jennifer Arnold, says: "I would like to start off by saying a big thank you to the team for an enjoyable and informative experience.
"As a group, we were impressed that nothing ends up in landfill, and on leaving the centre most of the recycling goes to local companies for processing, thus reducing transport costs relating to road mileage.
"We were surprised at the huge amount of waste collected and processed daily for sorting and packaging to be collected for onward processing, including clothing to the Salvation Army.
"Many questions were answered as to what can be recycled or why it can't be recycled. Having an insight to the processes used, the visit has encouraged us to recycle even more than we do at present."
For more information and to join the group, individuals can call 07811 175724.
Full information about which items go in the bin, box or bag can be found online.
The council also has a recycling A-Z page which helps residents find the right container for specific items.
To request a visit, groups are being asked to contact the council's Waste and Recycling team via email - email@example.com