Educating on recycling going well – UPDATED

Posted on: 20 July 2016

Update – 20 July 2016

On the first round of visits, only 600 of the 28,143 households visited (about 2%) have had advisory letters issued on how to use the new recycling scheme.  The Council is now working through its second round of visits to these 600 properties and 95% of those visited so far are now recycling.

Previous Press Release:

In November 2015 Mid Devon District Council started its waste education and enforcement programme to complement its new compulsory recycling policy. Since then Street Scene Officer, Gareth Evans, has been working hard with collection crews and householders so that Mid Devon can recycle as much as possible.

Working with the collection crews in the district and doing spot checks on the waste and black sacks being put out by residents he has been able to target his education to households who either don’t recycle at all or recycle very little. The good news is that the majority of residents are doing really well with the new scheme, which has helped increase recycling and reduce waste going to landfill. Only 558 of the 26,000 households visited, about 2%, have had advisory letters issued on how to use the new recycling scheme .

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Council can identify residents that are not recycling correctly and use the Policy to educate. The Council aims to educate residents first and only ultimately fine those who blatantly refuse to recycle. Thankfully the first advisory letter and education seems to be doing the trick.

Sharon Darbyshire, who recently received an advisory letter, said “I have been working really well in recycling all my products and placing them into correct boxes. We now have reduced our black bags by half!”

One of the key aims of compulsory recycling is to educate residents and ensure that they have the correct containers and literature to enable them to put out their waste and recycling correctly. We want to help residents understand the importance of reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and the positive impact that recycling has on the environment and keeping Council Tax low.

Note: Attached photograph an example of where a letter has been issued.

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