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Published on 26 May 2017

Devon pledges to compost more

Recycling figures show that Teignbridge residents are ahead of their county neighbours when it comes to pledges for recycling food waste.

Last month a county-wide initiative by Recycle Devon, a partnership of 10 councils including Devon County Council, eight district authorities and one unitary council, set out to encourage more people to either compost food or garden waste at home or make use of their food waste collection in areas where they have them.

Thanks to a prize draw, offering the chance to win a composting bin if they pledged online to compost their kitchen or garden waste, over 2000 pledges were made. Teignbridge came out on top with a total of 188 pledges and also saw 14 individual winners.

Lizzie Burston, Teignbridge District Council’s Recycling Officer said:

“The fantastic number of pledges shows that Teignbridge residents are really committed to reducing waste by taking up home composting or recycling their kitchen waste through the use of their food caddies.

“By removing kitchen and garden waste from the black bin general waste stream, not only can we reduce our environmental footprint but we can also reduce disposal costs and householders also have the opportunity to save money by reducing the need to purchase compost for their gardens. Thank you everyone for helping Teignbridge become a cleaner and greener district.”

Winner, Norman Rush from Bovey Tracey said:

“As something of a self-confessed recycling nerd, I take great pride in helping the environment by composting and recycling as much as possible. This new compost bin will allow me to do even more and I also have water butts for the garden. It was a lovely surprise to be a winner and the compost bin will be put to use straight away.”

Teignbridge collects food waste containers, alongside recycling boxes, on a weekly basis. Residents were also recently made aware they can now use plastic liners or bags in food waste caddies - making it even easier to recycle unwanted waste. Further details are available at