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Posted On: 21-09-2023
Posted In: Community

residents reminded to use correct waste and recycling containersMid Devon District Council is reminding residents to use the correct containers for their waste and recycling as it builds on the scheme’s early recycling success.

Since its implementation in October 2022, the Council’s three-weekly collection scheme, Bin It 123, has seen improvements to the district’s recycling rate of 9% and a reduction in residual waste of 200 tonnes collected compared to the same period last year. This in turn has led to a reduction in the Council’s carbon footprint.

As part of the scheme residents should use the provided containers for all their waste and recycling material. During the roll out of the Bin It 123 scheme refuse collectors used their discretion to collect additional black sack waste from properties and allowed a period of transition, whilst residents became familiar with the new scheme and also received the required bins and containers.

However, this transition period is now coming to an end and from 1 October 2023 all residents should place all residual waste in the black bins and seagull sacks, recycling in the appropriate containers and food waste in the blue caddies.

Councillor Josh Wright, Cabinet Member for Environment and Services, said:

“Following the successful introduction of the Bin It 123 scheme and the fantastic efforts of the Mid Devon community to increase our recycling rate we want to maximise our performance by ensuring everyone complies with the scheme. I ask all residents to ensure each household makes a positive contribution to the Council’s objective to reduce its carbon footprint and meet our carbon net zero commitment.”

Anyone requiring additional containers for their recycling can request additional containers on the Council’s website. You can also request additional black bins on the Council’s website.

During their rounds crews will be leaving reminders to residents who continue to leave out additional side waste that has not been pre authorised.

Matthew Page, Corporate Manager for People, Governance and Waste, said:

“We have seen an increase in demand for recycling containers and food caddies in recent weeks as more people look to support our desire to increase recycling in Mid Devon. If you do need extra bins or containers, or have questions about the scheme and how it affects you, please let us know.”

If you have a question you want answered about Bin-It 123 please visit the Council’s website, contact us via email at, or give us a call on 01884 255 255.