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Exeter's waste and recycling survey: the results

Many people are still confused about what they can and can't recycle

Exeter City Council has published the results of the waste and recycling survey.

1916 people responded to the online questionnaire. 

The authority says it will use the results "to help shape the future of the service."

Here are some of the findings:

  • Of the additional materials householders want to see collected from home, food waste and glass are the most popular options
  • Most people take their glass/cartons to these banks on a monthly basis; however, 15.5% of people don’t use them at all
  • 477 say they would like recycling collected every week

  • 416 say they would like bigger recycling bins

  • 60.9% of people want Exeter to aim for a recycling rate of higher than 60% (the highest rate offered as an option). It's currently around 30%

  • 80.1% of respondents already fill their green bin every fortnight

  • Residents are sometimes unsure which types of plastic they can recycle

  • Residents are confident that paper, cardboard, tins and cans can be recycled

  • Many did not know they can put out extra bags for recycling (but not rubbish)

  • 25.4% of people pay for garden waste collections

  • 82% of people want ‘recycling on the go’ bins introduced to the city centre

Full results can be read here


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