Recycling services, which has been run by Mid Devon Community Recycling since its introduction in 1992, will transfer to the Mid Devon District Counci in the 2010.
Mid Devon Community Recycling (MDCR) began in 1992 as a group of volunteers that had concerns about how society was dealing with its waste.
On a voluntary basis the group operated a weekly kerbside collection of recyclables to a limited area in order to demonstrate that the public would support such a scheme and to put the concept firmly on the political agenda. The collection grew and after four years MDCR became incorporated as a non-profit-distributing company with environmental and social objectives.
In 2006, the company successfully tendered for the contract to provide a recycling collection service to all 32,000 households in the Mid Devon District Council area until 2013. However, the economic downturn came as a double financial blow to the company: as well as a fall in the value of scrap material, there has been a drop in consumer spending resulting in less material to be collected and sold.
Householders will see no change in their recycling service as a result of this changeover.
(from a press release from Mid Devon District Council)