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New recycling service to help lower carbon footprint

The new South Hams Super Recycler scheme will see more waste treated locally than ever before, returning nutrients to local farmland and lowering the service's carbon footprint.

Weekly food waste

Under the new service, which is rolling out across the South Hams district this spring, residents will have a weekly recycling collection and for the first time, 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.

In addition to this, the single-use clear and blue sacks will be a thing of the past as all households will receive new containers for recycling. The garden waste service will continue to be provided free of charge, with the brown bins being emptied fortnightly.

The changes to the service will see the food waste treated in Devon, while garden waste will be composted locally for use on farms within the South Hams. Previously, mixed garden and food waste would be processed together in Oxfordshire.

Keeping the resources local will have the added benefit of lowering the carbon footprint associated with transporting the waste across country, as well as the garden waste being put to good use on South Hams farmland.

Cllr Keith Baldry, South Hams Executive Member for the Environment, said: "This is a brilliant scheme and I can't wait to see the recycling service go live across the whole of the South Hams. It will give residents such a good opportunity to recycle more than they ever have before.

"Knowing that our residents' garden and food waste will be making a difference to our efforts to fight climate change locally is really encouraging and we hope that the new scheme leads to even better recycling rates than we see now.

"I would like to stress to our residents that our waste teams will only be taking uncontaminated garden waste, not mixed with food waste, rubble or soil. If our teams find garden waste to be contaminated in some way, the whole bin load will be rejected and left for the resident to sort through and decontaminate themselves for future collection."

To find out more about the new Super Recycler Service, coming to homes in the South Hams in spring, visit: https://southhams.gov.uk/newservice

Issued: 2 March 2021

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