CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has congratulated Cllr. Kevin Lake, portfolio holder for Environmental Services at Teignbridge, on the council overtaking West Devon and becoming the best authority in Devon for recycling. Key to the improvements in recycling rates have been the investment in new collection lorries which can collect a wider range of recyclables and the council moving to weekly recycling collections rather than every fortnight. After meeting with Cllr Lake in Exminster today (17/03/17) Mr Stride said:
“Increasing recycling is vital in protecting the environment and Teignbridge should be congratulated on their commitment to reducing landfill waste. They are well on their way to becoming the first Devon authority to reach 60% for recycling which would be an outstanding achievement.”
Cllr. Lake added:
“We are very proud of our achievement but there is always more that can be done and it was very interesting discussing the role local authorities can play in the Government’s mission to increase plastic bottle recycling in the UK from 57% to 75% by the end of this year as part of a long-term goal of becoming a zero-waste economy.”
One option being considered is a scheme currently used in a number of European countries whereby a small surcharge would be levied on plastic bottles and cans with customers getting their money back if they return the empties to collection points in stores.
A former ministerial aide in the Department for Energy and Climate Change, Mr Stride helped steer the 2013 Energy Bill through Parliament which set key carbon emissions targets.
Photo: Mel Stride MP congratulating Cllr. Kevin Lake, portfolio holder for Environmental Services at Teignbridge, on the council becoming the best authority in Devon for recycling and discussing how to boost rates even further.