‘Avoid spring declutter’ plea as East Devon recycling centres won’t reopen until ‘it’s safe to do so’

Residents are being urged to avoid having a spring declutter as recycling centres in East Devon and Exeter will only reopen when ‘it is safe to do so’.  

Nineteen facilities across the county were shut on March 24 after the UK went into coronavirus lockdown.

They include hubs in Exmouth, Sidmouth and Honiton, as well as Exton Road and Pinbrook Road in Exeter.

Devon County Council (DCC) said today it is looking to reopen recycling centres ‘as soon as it is safe to do so and [the]Government guidance permits’.

“Until that time residents are urged to avoid having a spring declutter or undertake home improvements that may create extra waste,” added the authority.

‘Please be patient’

Councillor Andrea Davis, cabinet member for infrastructure, development and waste, added: “It’s understandable that people have more time on their hands and want to keep busy, but it does push extra waste onto already stretched services, especially as recycling centres remain closed.

“We are looking to reopen these facilities as soon as it is safe and government guidance allows.

“Until that time I ask that people to please be patient and store excess waste or wait until restrictions are lifted. It would help keep collection services running smoothly.

“It’s easy to generate more waste and recycling while we’re at home and it’s great to see that most people a continuing to recycle as much as possible and keep waste to manageable levels under difficult circumstances.

“I want to thank everyone for doing their bit and for supporting the crews as they continue the important task of collecting our rubbish and recycling.”

East Devon support for refuse crews

Notes and pictured have been left for refuse collection crews in East Devon. Picture: EDDC

Notes and pictured have been left for refuse collection crews in East Devon. Picture: EDDC

Households across Devon have been thanked for their waste and recycling efforts during the pandemic.

Support for collection crews has included pictures and ‘thank you’ notes left on bins and outbreaks of spontaneous doorstep applause.

East Devon District Council said its refuse collection staff had been ‘cheered’ by a campaign to celebrate their hard work.

“A whole series of posters and messages have greeted the refuse collectors during their deliveries,” added a spokesperson.

“Your cheers for our staff have been much appreciated.”

Waste and recycling tips

DCC has issued the following advice to households:

  • Your bin may be collected earlier or later than usual due to collection round changes. Find out what time your bin should go out here to avoid a missed collection;
  •  If your car is parked on the street, make sure there is room for a collection vehicle (or emergency service vehicle) to pass;
  • Keep hold of clean and wearable textiles and shoes until restrictions are lifted, when charities will urgently need your donations;
    Wash, squash and flatten your recyclables to increase the capacity of your recycling bin, box or bag;
  • Start home composting your uncooked food, peelings and garden waste from as little as £13. Buy a compost bin here or build your own from pallets. Alternatively, leave grass cuttings on the lawn to return nutrients to the soil;
  • Think about your food waste. Find recipes to effectively use up ingredients via our FREE online recipe book “Have your food and eat it”;
  • Residents showing Covid-19 symptoms are advised to store recyclables for 72 hours before placing in the regular recycling container. Any personal waste, such as tissues, need to be double bagged and then stored for 72 hours before being placed in the residual waste bin.

More information is available on the Recycle Devon website.

East Devon and Exeter recycling centres are shut amid coronavirus lockdown

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