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Higher recycling uptake could help ease Christmas rubbish piles

Higher levels of recycling would help reduce the amount of uncollected waste during the Christmas period, believes Exeter City Council head of cleansing services Mike Trim.

Speaking to MRW, he said: “The recycling service will be fine. One appeal to residents is to recycle more because a lot of residents are putting good quality recyclables in with their residual waste. The bags are then being ripped open by seagulls looking for food and recyclables are left lying on the pavement.”

According to Trim, 40% of the residual waste in the area is suitable for recycling. If this were to be recycled this would then mean less residual waste is stored on the kerbside for trucks to pick up. Collections have begun today, with half the trucks available picking up residual waste and the other half recyclable waste.

Exeter council and many other local authorities have been criticised in the media because of the lengthy time it has taken for householders’ rubbish to be collected and disposed of. Trim explained that the snow that fell before Christmas led to another week being lost, and some homes looked to be facing 28 days without a collection rather than 18 days.

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