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Consultancy defends scrapped plans

Consultancy Eunomia has defended its WRAP-funded recommendations to a council in the South West despite the local authority abandoning the plans after a disappointing trial.

Eunomia urged Mid Devon District Council to collect a greater number of materials on a weekly basis from the kerbside and to charge for garden waste collections.

The council ran a three-month trial of the proposals on 832 households in the Cullompton area but has now decided not to take them any further.

It said that although the amount of material collected for recycling grew slightly, the overall scheme was more expensive than previous arrangements.

But Eunomia project director Joe Papineschi said he would make the same recommendations again.

“A pilot is every bit as theoretical as a model – and I would be very cautious about extrapolating from a three-month, 800 household trial,” he said.

Papineschi said the council was likely to spend more time and money publicising a new service than a trial; people would get more used to using it over time; and opposition to a trial did not always translate to not using a permanent service.

He added: “While the results from Mid Devon pilot are interesting, and it is for the council to decide what service best suits its residents, I would be very likely to make similar recommendations again.”

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