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South Ham’s new 'Super Recycler' service

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 7:37am

By Daniel Clark, local democracy reporter

Garden Waste Bin and Recycling Bins (Image South Hams District Council)

Food, glass and plastic waste to be collected weekly

South Hams District Council has launched a ‘Ready-Set-Go campaign’ ahead of the rollout of their new ‘Super Recycler’ service.

Under the new service residents will have a weekly recycling collection and, for the first time ever, 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, and all households will receive new containers for recycling, and the grey bin collections for non-recyclable items will continue to be collected every other week

The garden waste service will continue to be provided free of charge with the brown bins being emptied fortnightly.

The new service launched on Monday (March 8) although the change of service will happen gradually over a couple of months and all households will be informed individually.

It is part of the council’s commitment to do everything it can to help residents recycle even more and commit to the Devon-wide plan of being zero carbon by 2030.

Cllr Keith Baldry, South Hams executive member for the environment said: “This is a fantastic scheme and so many residents have been telling me for so long that they would like to recycle more at home.  It has been slightly delayed because of the pandemic, but we are back on track and now the time has come for us to align our service with the rest of Devon and deliver a top-class recycling service.”

“Today we are launching this Ready-Set-Go campaign because there are a few things that residents need to know.

“Firstly you need to look out for an information leaflet which will be sent to your home in the post.  Then look out for your new containers which will be delivered the week before your new service starts.

“We will be rolling out the service one round at a time, so do not worry if you have friends in nearby villages or towns that already have new containers. You can start filling up your containers as soon as you receive them and put them out on your usual day the following week.

“From that point onwards, your recycling and food waste will be collected on your normal collection day every week.

“You will be given two boxes, a reusable sack and two food caddies.  Inside the food caddy will be an information pack and two stickers, one for each of the boxes.  We suggest that you put these on straight away so that you do not lose them.

“We also suggest that you familiarise yourself with what goes in each container as it’s important that the recycling is sorted correctly.  The information is already on the council’s website, so you can go in now and take a look.”

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