Good news - from 16 April, West Devon residents will be able to recycle all types of card again!
West Devon Borough Council is introducing a brand new fleet of vehicles which means that all types of card can again be accepted for recycling. But in order to do this, residents need to BOX Clever and sort recycling in the boxes. It's really easy, cans and plastic bottles go into one recycling box and all other recyclable items are grouped together into the other box.
Cllr Robert Sampson, Lead Member for Recycling and Waste said: "I am delighted to bring these new vehicles into operation. The way that they are constructed means that it will be a lot easier for our waste operators to separate recycling at the kerbside. This ensures that we collect the best quality materials we can, which makes them easier to recycle.
"All residents should have two recycling boxes. If the boxes are both green it doesn't matter, as long as the contents are separated properly. And we will be sending stickers to every household to put on their boxes to help them get it right.
"The introduction of the new vehicles will also save a significant amount of money each month on the maintenance costs of the existing ageing fleet. We will be showcasing one of the new vehicles on 12 April in Bedford Square, Tavistock. Residents can see for themselves why we need to make these changes and the benefits they will bring."
Jane Savage, Commissioning Manager (Waste) at West Devon said: "It is absolutely key that residents start sorting the recycling waste into two boxes. This will ensure we can collect quickly and reduces costs whilst improving recycling.
"The 16 April is the date from which we will begin operating the new service and from this date, we will be unable to collect any recycling which is not presented in the new way."
There will be a Box Clever roadshow coming to your area soon. This is where you will have the opportunity to ask our team any questions that you may have about Box Clever. Here are the dates and times:
Tuesday: 20 March 2018 -Tavistock Tesco, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 21 March 2018 - North Tawton Town Council Offices, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursday: 22 March 2018 - Okehampton Waitrose, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Saturday: 24 March 2018 - Tavistock Farmers Market, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Thursday: 12 April 2018 - Bedford Square where the new recycling vehicle will be on display 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.