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North and Torridge councils explain recycling rate performances

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

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DEVON might be one of the top three performing recycling counties in the UK, but North Devon and Torridge have some of the worst rates in the county.

The average recycling rate in Devon is 55%, which puts it slightly behind Oxfordshire and Leicestershire.

However, Torridge recycles just 43% of its waste while North Devon fares only slightly better at 44%.

While residents are doing well when it comes to recycling, people in Devon still produce more waste per person compared to other counties.

The county produces 350,000 tonnes of rubbish a year, enough to fill 2,670 swimming pools.

A recycling target of 65% has been set for Devon to reach by 2025.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council's cabinet member with responsibility for waste, said: "We still seem to be producing a lot of waste in Devon and any measures to help reduce this are welcome.

"Devon produces around 350,000 tonnes of household waste every year and around 45% of that goes to landfill."

Rodney Cann, North Devon Council's lead member for environment, said: "The population at large in North Devon has embraced recycling in a positive way that has in fact put us above the English district's average rated but does leave us with some way to go to catch up with some of the higher performers in Devon.

"We intend to raise our game and compete with the best. We have carried out customer surveys with responses showing a high satisfaction rate for the recycling service we provide."

Torridge District Council leader, Philip Collins, said recycling rates were improving all the time.

He said: "Recently we have introduced cardboard recycling for all households, battery recycling and even small electrical goods can be placed out for collection with the green boxes.

"But we are always looking for ways to improve and to get the message out there to local residents that so much can be recycled now.

"Our recycling roadshows are popular and stands at agricultural shows are well attended.

"Torridge residents benefit from a weekly refuse collection service – I wonder if a fortnightly collection would see a rise in our recycling rates?"

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  • Preacher  |  December 05 2013, 7:03AM

    what happens if we disagree with Mr cann? will he divulge our personal data illegally...notice no mention of this story in the Journal...I wonder why?

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