Cardboard & Plastics Recycling in East Devon

blue boxWe had our monthly town council meeting last night in Honiton and I asked our East Devon District Councillor Phil Twiss about how much closer the district council is getting to starting kerbside cardboard recycling. Cllr Twiss said that we should know by February 2013 if there are funds allocated for new vehicles in order to be able to collect cardboard and mixed plastics (food tubs etc) from the doorstep across East Devon. He sounded quite positive but I do worry in these days of cuts and austerity measures that recycling cardboard will not be seen as a priority by the District Council. Now might be the time to write to your local district councillor and urge them to press for cardboard recycling to be allocated funds in the budget they are working on this autumn. You can find details of your local district councillor here: http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/councillors.htm?sort=ward

2 Replies to “Cardboard & Plastics Recycling in East Devon”

  1. Dear Madam
    The Aim of most Councils is to maximise recycling and avoid landfill with the associated penalty costs. To achieve this they have one bin for landfill and one for paper plus cardboard plus glass and plastics. Food waste, because of its small volume they do not worry about.
    Against this background the supposed need for EDDC to have new vehicles to collect paper plus cardboard sounds a bit far fetched . Suggest they get one of the other Councils to put them right and show them how it is done.
    yours faithfully
    R Nix

  2. Hi Roger – food waste is actually quite a high proportion of our waste so that still needs dealing with. We throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten. It’s costing us £12bn a year and is bad for the environment too. DID YOU KNOW…
    Wasting this food costs the average household £480 a year, rising to £680 for a family with children, the equivalent of around £50 a month. Find out more on http://england.lovefoodhatewaste.com

    As for cardboard & plastics – we have been told by EDDC that they need new vehicles to collect this, and East Devon Green Party is following this up. Perhaps you could contact them too or lobby your EDDC councillors?

    Sharon

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