Continued efforts to educate and encourage compulsory recycling pays dividends!

Posted on: 26 April 2018

The Council’s Street Scene team is delighted to note a great improvement in the recycling habits of residents at a local residential park.

Recent observations by staff indicated that only large quantities of black sack waste was being left out fortnightly for collection, with no attempt to recycle the waste using the containers provided by the Council.  In line with the Council’s Compulsory Recycling Policy, staff responsible for education and enforcement visited residents at the park to provide guidance and check they had everything they needed to recycle and put their waste out correctly.

Since the visit, the residents have done a fantastic job of sorting their waste and, on average, now only put out less than one black sack of refuse waste per property!  The Council’s Compulsory Recycling Policy was introduced in November 2015 with the aim of increasing recycling rates and reducing non-recyclable waste through education and encouragement.  So far this method has been very effective in helping residents get into the habit of recycling.  However, individuals could ultimately be fined if found persistently refusing to recycle.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Clive Eginton, said: “With the detrimental impact plastic is having on the environment and the ongoing need to reduce what we put in our black sack waste, we have the support of our Compulsory Recycling Policy. Essentially, this means that if you’re putting recyclable items in your black sacks or bin, including food and garden waste, you will be hearing from us”.

Clive added: “Compulsory recycling is not an attempt to inconvenience or scare our residents but is a necessary measure to ensure that the efforts of those who do recycle correctly aren’t wasted. I hope that residents will understand that by working with our education and enforcement teams we’ll ultimately see much wider benefits for Mid Devon and the environment”.

View before visit by education and enforcement staff

 

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