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HONITON: Council considers options for cardboard recycling

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

East Devon District Council is “actively pursuing” options to provide recycling services for cardboard and mixed plastics in Honiton, according to one of the town’s district council representatives.
Councillor Phil Twiss, district councillor for the Honiton St Michael’s ward, told town councillors last week he was “optimistic” that a kerbside collection service would be introduced in the future.
But he also said EDDC was “reluctant” to provide a temporary cardboard recycling facility in Honiton because of the potential risk of fly-tipping and mess – problems that caused Tesco to remove its recycling skips last month.
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 “misuse”.
The nearest recycling centre for Honiton residents is now the waste management facility at Sutton Barton, which is maintained by Devon County Council.
A temporary recycling facility in Silver Street to enable residents to dispose of cardboard and plastics has been suggested.
Councillor Twiss said: “We are trying to do something about cardboard and mixed plastics and are currently in negotiation with some providers to see what they can offer us.
“We are actively pursuing a number of options, but we are reluctant to provide a skip for cardboard in Silver Street – the risk there is that we pick up the tab for clearing up people’s mess and you have the same problems that Tesco had.
“It is a real pain having to get rid of cardboard. It all comes down to: is it viable?
“I am hopeful that we will do it sooner rather than later – but of course, I would like it done yesterday.
“I am more optimistic that we can see a kerbside collection service in place in the near future, but there is some way to go yet. We are genuinely working really hard to get something agreed and should be able to update the town council by its next meeting.”
When Tesco removed its recycling facilities last month, Honiton town councillor Sharon Pavey called for EDDC to make provisions.
Responding to Councillor Twiss’s comments, Councillor Pavey told Pulman’s View: “It is very good to hear that EDDC is looking into immediate solutions for cardboard recycling and I will continue to press them for a definite solution and a start date.
“Unfortunately this is not the case with mixed plastics but Transition Town Honiton is working towards having collection days for plastics in Honiton.
“We do need volunteers to make this happen though.”

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