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HONITON: Still no cardboard recycling

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Honiton residents will have to wait to find out whether a temporary cardboard collection service can be arranged for the town. Honiton has been without a dedicated cardboard recycling facility since Tesco removed its skips due to persistent fly-tipping and mess back in January, and a revised council collection service is in the planning stages. But councillors had hoped to receive a response from East Devon District Council by the time of the April full council meeting last week, as to whether a temporary kerbside collection service to remove waste cardboard could be organised in the meantime. Speaking at the meeting, East Devon District Councillor for Honiton, Phil Twiss, said the council had been in contact with private providers and would be discussing options later this month. He said: “We have been talking to all the major players with a view to trying to get cardboard collections for the community into force. “Offers from those providers are now in and the council’s waste reduction and recycling committee will look at them and discuss them at a meeting on April 29th.” Up until February, Tesco provided facilities for the disposal of glass bottles, cans, cardboard, paper, shoes and clothing on site, but the supermarket opted to remove the skips following persistent ‘misuse’. The nearest recycling centre for Honiton residents is now the waste management facility at Sutton Barton, which is maintained by Devon County Council. Councillor Twiss told councillors last month that EDDC was ‘reluctant’ to pay for a cardboard recycling unit in the town because of the same risks that caused Tesco to remove their own skips, but he was confident a solution could be reached. He added: “We will know what can and cannot be done after the meeting. But I am hoping we can do something about cardboard recycling because we cannot go on like it is at the moment.”

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