The Group had before it, and
NOTED, a report* from the Corporate Manager for
People, Governance and Waste.
The Chairman congratulated the
Waste Management Team on their success with the scheme.
The following was highlighted
within the report:
- Following the most recent Government announcement regarding
Simpler Recycling, the Corporate Manager for People, Governance and
Waste stated that he did not envisage the current three weekly
collection scheme changing and that it was in the Council’s
interest to make sure that its current scheme worked as effectively
report showed the improvement achieved since the implementation of
three weekly collections in October 2022 regarding both a rise in
recycling rates and a reduction in residual collection
- Both of these are required to reduce the Councils carbon
footprint and help it achieve its carbon net zero commitment. In
the 21/22 national figures the Council was ranked in the top 35 of
more than 200 Councils and Mid Devon District Council hopes to
further improve its position in future 22/23 and 23/24
was the team’s aim to ensure residents removed food waste
from the residual waste collected and place it in the food
- Although the majority of households are complying with the
scheme, 12% were putting out extra side waste and these residents
required further education.
Consideration was the given to
the following comments and questions:
- Whether families could be educated to use recyclable nappies
– this was signposted on the website but greater emphasis
could be applied.
- Whether uncooked food could go in the food waste caddy? –
It was confirmed that all food, without packaging, should go in the
blue food waste caddy. A campaign about food waste had gone to the
residents of Teignbridge District Council and Mid Devon District
Council could use the same campaign.
- Plastic packaging should be recycled at supermarkets soft
- Vulnerable residents – were Mid Devon District Council
reaching them? Recycling Advisors would be going out into
communities over the next few months to advise and support
Mid Devon District Council have any plans to start accepting
could residual waste be reduced? Much of it could be
Environmental Protection Act 1990 s.46 contained legislation to
enforce recycling. However, if waste was left piling up within the
curtilage of a property then that was not an offence. District Council Officers could use other
elements of the legislation to enforce and encourage householders
to dispose of their rubbish properly.
the same time as educating the public, could excellence in
recycling be celebrated?
Stickers were already used to explain why waste was not being
taken, could a “Star” sticker be used to reward good
did the recycling centres refuse to accept households black waste?
– If households had exceptional waste then if they contacted
Customer Services on 01884 255255 then that waste could be
Cabinet Member for Environment and Services commented that
discussions about how to reduce waste and collaborative working
with other authorities was already underway. In the graph at 2.4 of
the report, 50% of the waste could easily be recycled within Mid
Devon at no extra charge to the Council.
- Within the education programme being put together, the point
should be made to the public that if the Councils in Devon
didn’t spend £5m on collecting waste then what other
services could be funded using that £5m?
- Education: The Street Scenes team were going into Primary
Schools and talking to Key Stage 2 children (year 3 upwards). Mid
Devon District Council contribute Resource Future who were
specialist advisors from Bristol who go into schools to get
involved in pupil engagement.
- Specialist campaigns around Christmas and other times of the
- Working with the Communications Team – radio advertising
- Enforcement procedures – case by case basis.
- Households in challenging circumstances – the team
encouraged Members to let them know if they were aware of residents
Note: *report previously circulated and
attached to the minutes.