Changes to recycling service come a step closer

In moves designed to encourage people in the South Hams to recycle as much as possible, SHDC is gearing up to the launch of their 'Super Recycler Service'. 

Delivery of new containers - credit SHDC

Today, Monday, 22 February, South Hams District Council is launching its 'Ready-Set-Go campaign', to ensure that everyone is ready and set for the launch of the new Super Recycler service.

A spokesperson for SHDC said: "Many local residents are already great recyclers, and South Hams currently recycles more than the English average.  Now, the council has made a commitment to do everything it can to help residents recycle even more."

In 2019 the Council declared a Climate Change and Biodiversity Emergency, showing its "commitment to the Devon-wide plan of being zero carbon by 2030".

Under the new service residents will have a weekly recycling collection and, for the first time ever, will be able to put glass and plastic pots, tubs and trays out for recycling. Food waste will also be collected weekly in a new container.

Under the new service residents will have a weekly recycling collection and...be able to put glass and plastic pots, tubs and trays out...food waste will also be collected weekly in a new container

In addition to this, the single-use clear and blue sacks will be a thing of the past, and all households will receive new containers for recycling.

Grey Bin and Recycling Bins - credit SHDC

Grey bin collections for non-recyclable items will continue to be collected every other week, but with more opportunities to recycle, South Hams expects to see less waste being incinerated and more being turned into new products.

The garden waste service will continue to be provided free of charge with the brown bins being emptied fortnightly.

The change of service will happen gradually over a couple of months and all households will be informed individually.

A leaflet explaining the changes will be coming through your door soon - credit SHDC

Councillor Keith Baldry, member for the environment, said: “This is a fantastic scheme and I am so delighted to be the Executive Member with responsibility for our recycling service when it goes live.

“So many residents have been telling me for so long that they would like to recycle more at home.  It has been slightly delayed because of the pandemic, but we are back on track and now the time has come for us to align our service with the rest of Devon and deliver a top class recycling service.

“Today we are launching this Ready-Set-Go campaign because there are a few things that residents need to know.

“Firstly you need to look out for an information leaflet which will be sent to your home in the post.  Then look out for your new containers which will be delivered the week before your new service starts.

“We will be rolling out the service one round at a time, so do not worry if you have friends in nearby villages or towns already have new containers. You can start filling up your containers as soon as you receive them and put them out on your usual day the following week.

You can start filling up your containers as soon as you receive them and put them out on your usual day the following week

“From that point on, your recycling and food waste will be collected on your normal collection day every week.

“You will be given two boxes, a reusable sack and two food caddies. Inside the food caddy will be an information pack and two stickers, one for each of the boxes. We suggest that you put these on straight away so that you do not lose them.

You will be given two boxes, a reusable sack and two food caddies

“We also suggest that you familiarise yourself with what goes in each container as it’s important that the recycling is sorted correctly. The information is already on the council’s website, so you can go in now and take a look.”

A spokesperson for FCC, the organisation who is contracted to collect waste and recycling on behalf of South Hams, said: “New vehicles will be used on this service which will help to keep each type of material separate. The result will be better quality materials which can more easily be recycled into new products.”  

If you are passionate about recycling or want to keep up-to-date with the latest information SHDC publish about the service, sign up for their Waste and Recycling email bulletin here

For more information on the new scheme visit SHDC's website: www.southhams.gov.uk/newservice


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