MDDC achieves highest increase in recycling rates in Devon

Posted on: 2 November 2016

A report submitted to the Environment Policy Development Group (PDG) for 8 November reveals Mid Devon achieved the highest increase in recycling rates amongst Devon Authorities during 2015/16. It has been a busy time for the Waste and Recycling Service over the past 12 months with the introduction of green recycling boxes, weekly food waste collections, chargeable garden waste and, more recently, the relocation of the depot from Tiverton to Uffculme.

Only a year since the introduction of the new waste and recycling scheme, the report demonstrates that residents are engaged with the new service. It shows a clear reduction in waste sent to landfill, with recycling rates climbing to beyond 50% and rising to 55% for the first half of 2016/17. A recycling rate of 85% could be achieved with the continued help of residents placing more of their materials into the correct containers. Latest figures show that 8,400 customers have already subscribed to the new garden waste scheme and the service target of 10,000 is now within sight.

Cllr Karl Busch, Cabinet Member for the Environment, stated “I am really happy that the residents of Mid Devon have embraced the changes and the scheme is proving successful much to the credit of participating customers and the hard work of operations and back-office staff alike. The new scheme has massive benefits for the environment through the recycling of more material and in reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.”

Further efficiencies are being planned by the Waste team as it strives to reduce the cost of the service by 20%. One of which, highlighted in the report, consists of a Partnership Agreement with Devon County Council (DCC) to develop reductions in waste treatment and disposal costs. By entering into the partnership further cost savings can be made in the method used by DCC to dispose of the waste generated by Mid Devon. A proposed transfer facility will allow food and garden waste to be treated separately, which will have a positive impact on treatment costs and the reuse of organic waste. It is hoped that there will be no need to send waste to landfill in the long run.

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