Devon no longer sends any rubbish from kerbside collections to landfill, it has been announced.
All residual waste now goes to Energy Recovery Facilities, and is used to create heat and electricity.
The news follows Devon maintaining its status as one of the top recycling counties in England, recycling 56 per cent of household waste.
The latest 2018/2019 draft figures show that the recycling rate has increase by two per cent when compared to the previous year.
And over the same period the total quantity of residual black bag waste collected across Devon has gone down by 4.4 per cent, meaning that people are throwing less into general ‘non-recyclable’ waste.
Of the eight Devon districts the highest rate was in East Devon – their recycling rate is at 59.1 per cent.
The figure follows their introduction of mixed plastics and cardboard recycling as well as a three weekly residual waste collection and a separate food waste collection and means that East Devon is now among the best recycling districts in England.
Figures also show that, despite an increase in the number of homes, overall waste growth has decreased slightly by -0.1 per cent. Both Exeter and East Devon have low waste generated per household compared to other councils nationally.
This means that Devon residents are throwing away less waste – ‘dustbin’ waste is down by 6,472 tonnes.
Councillor Andrea Davis, Cabinet member for Infrastructure Development and Waste at Devon County Council said: “I would like to thank the residents of Devon for their efforts in producing less waste and improving their recycling helping to conserve valuable resources.
“Working in partnership with the district councils, we have seen a real change in how household waste is managed across Devon and this has been supported by the £1.1million disposal savings that the Devon County Council has shared with the district councils as a result of these changes – this is good for the planet and for the public purse.
“I am pleased to also report that none of the residual waste collected by the district councils goes to landfill, it all goes to Energy Recovery Facilities and used to create heat and electricity. This means reduced carbon dioxide and methane emissions and therefore a reduced impact on climate change.”