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Posted On: 05-11-2020
Posted In: Bins

Members of the Council have taken a step towards trialling a new waste collection schedule.

On Tuesday, 3 November, Members of the Council’s Environment PDG voted to approve the recommendations to support a new waste collection trial. The recommendation will now be put to the Council’s Cabinet.Waste operative carries black bin refuse

If approved 1000 households will take part in the trial to assess the impact of moving to a new system, with three of the four options being considered involving moving from the current two-weekly collection of residual waste (black sack/black wheelie bins) to a three-weekly collection. Weekly food collections and garden waste collections would be unaffected, while recycling collections would either remain the same, or be increased to weekly.

The trial is part of a process to improve recycling rates as well as reduce emissions from collection vehicles. It will also help the Council to meet with Government guidelines to recycle 65% of household waste by 2035 and Devon’s proposed 60% target rate by 2025.

Mid Devon has not implemented any significant changes to its waste collections since 2015 and is now looking to follow many others local authorities, including neighbouring Somerset, who have successfully implemented three-weekly residual waste schemes.

If approved the trial, which will include both rural and urban areas, may begin in early summer and will last for a minimum of three months.

Cllr Colin Slade, Cabinet Member for the Environment said: "This Council is committed to supporting our climate pledge by reducing our carbon footprint, cutting the amount of waste we produce and improving the proportion we recycle. This is a small but significant change towards our environmental ambitions and one we hope our residents will support."

The full options being considered in the trial, as well as the benefits and cost implications for each, are detailed in a report found here.