Enhanced Recycling Collections

Extended Plastics for Recycling

From 1st September 2017 Torridge District Council are extending the range of plastic materials they will pick up in their weekly recycling collections to include nearly all types of plastics (with the only exception being black plastic). Residents will now be able to put the following items into their green boxes - clear food trays, plastic bottles, margarine tubs, and yogurt pots, etc.

Councillor Mervyn Langmead - Lead Member for Waste and Recycling said: "The Council already provides an excellent recycling service, providing a door to door kerbside collection service every week across the whole district, and we hope our residents will make use of this new opportunity to recycle more of their domestic waste. Extending the range of plastics we collect is another step forward in helping us to protect our environment and meet the government's target of recycling 50% of the district's waste by 2020. Full information about what can and cannot be placed in the recycling boxes is available at Council offices or on the Council's website. The Council will also be holding a number of recycling roadshow events early next Spring where you can meet our staff who will be happy to provide encouraging tips to improve your recycling habits."

Ricard Haste, Torridge's Waste & Recycling Manger said: "We continue to review what items we collect for recycling so that we can extend the range of items that can be placed into green boxes. We have wanted to take these additional mixed plastic items for a while and we are delighted that the processes are now in place to enable us to do so. Recycling in Torridge really is a win/win for residents, the Council, and the environment, and residents can help us to improve the efficiency of our recycling service further by washing and squashing all of their plastic containers. We estimate that if only half of our residents crushed their plastic bottles and trays we could double the load of each of our recycling vehicles and cover more households on each collection round."

21 August 2017