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HONITON:‘On going’ battle to secure Honiton recycling scheme

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Further delays to the launch of a cardboard collection scheme in Honiton are set to frustrate recyclers, who have now been without a designated drop-off point since January. And a Honiton councillor is now calling for the community to start its own pick-up scheme, with delays set to continue. Tesco removed its skips earlier this year due to persistent fly-tipping and problems with mess, and East Devon District Council is in the process of planning a revised collection service. In the meantime, efforts are being made to organise a temporary kerbside collection service to help frustrated residents, whose nearest cardboard recycling point is now the waste management facility at Sutton Barton. But town councillor Sharon Pavey, who is also a founder member of local environmental group Transition Town Honiton, said it was now time residents worked to help the group come up with its own solution. She said: “We would like to hear from people who can help the Transition group develop a community solution to recycling cardboard and mixed plastics. “It is clear East Devon District Council is not going to do anything about this soon.” Back in April, Councillor Phil Twiss - one of Honiton’s district council representatives – said discussions had taken place with some of the “major players” in the private sector, with a view to setting up a collection service. But updating town councillors at a recent meeting, he said the scheme was facing further delays. He said: “The bottom line at the moment is that we think we can do it but there will be some delays. “To say I am profoundly disappointed at the moment would be an understatement, but I will not let it go. This is an ongoing battle.” 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’. Various options have been explored and local environmental group Transition Town Honiton has looked at ways it could help. But the wait for a solution is set to continue, as district councillors thrash out an agreement with contractors over a temporary service. An EDDC spokesperson said: “There is a desire to introduce cardboard recycling in East Devon at the earliest opportunity. “However, kerbside collection of cardboard is a significant extra operation that will require specially-adapted vehicles and new working practices, incurring additional costs. “We therefore intend to have discussions with our contractors in the next few weeks to explore how best to take this forward.” To contact Councillor Pavey about the scheme, email or call 07447 597390.


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