Average Devon resident produces 478kg of waste a year
Posted on: 21 October 2015
Devon produces the second highest amount of waste of any county in the country, and the public is being urged to cut down how much they throw away.
The county’s recycling and composting rate is in the top five in the UK at 55 per cent.
However in 2013/2014 each Devon resident produced an average of 478kg of waste, called ‘waste arisings’.
Devon County Council is continually running campaigns like Love Food Hate Waste, encouraging people to throw less away.
To help reduce waste the public can ‘upcycle’ and reuse furniture, home compost, cut food waste through portion control, using left overs, planning meals and using freezers.
Other ways to reduce waste include using reusable nappies where possible, and signing up to the Mailing Preference Service, to reduce junk mail.
Councillor Roger Croad Cabinet Member for Community and Environmental Services said: “The good news is that Devon is one of the top recycling counties in the UK.
“But we still seem to be producing a lot of waste and this costs the region £3.25million more in collection and disposal costs every year than the average county.
“Some reasons for this extra waste are out of our control. For instance, smaller households produce more waste per capita and we are below the national average for that.
“The size of bins, frequency of rubbish collections, and garden waste can also influence the amount of waste produced.
“But there are things that everybody in the county can do to contribute to reducing the amount they throw away and we will be working closely with our district council partners to help achieve this.
“I would urge people to look at the website http://www.recycledevon.org/ to see how they can cut the amount of waste their household produces.”
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