In an effort to hit its 60% recycling target Teignbridge District Council has introduced split litter and recycling bins outside secondary schools across the district.
The new bins have two separate compartments, one for general litter and the other for plastic bottles and aluminium drinks cans.
They’ve been placed outside Coombeshead Academy in Newton Abbot, Newton Abbot College, Dawlish Community College and Teignmouth Community College. The plan is for school children to use either side for litter or recycling as they make their way to and from school.
This will allow Teignbridge to divert recyclable material away from landfill, saving money for the district and preserving precious land for the future. It’s all part of an ongoing campaign to encourage people to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle.’
Cllr Kevin Lake, Teignbridge District Council’s executive spokesperson for Environmental Services, said: “The plan is that we gradually replace existing litter bins with these ‘split’ bins to encourage more and more children and young people to recycle their litter.
“Teignbridge residents are excellent recyclers and have helped us build our reputation for being one of the cheapest waste collection services per head in Devon, as well as being a number one recycler.
“Recycling not only has lots of environmental benefits, it also generates money for the council as we can sell what we collect. Meanwhile, we’re charged for everything that goes to landfill and that can be costly, so recycling really is a win-win for us all.”
Matthew Shanks, executive headteacher of Templer Academy School’s Trust and Coombeshead Academy, said: “I am delighted that Teignbridge District Council have taken this opportunity in providing bespoke bins for recycling. It is vitally important that people have easy access to recycling. Everybody should take responsibility for the long term sustainability of the planet.”
The bins are also available for regular passers-by in the area too, because they are outside of the school grounds. Bins of the same style have also been put in some children’s play areas and it is hoped more will be put in place around the district in the future.
(from a press release)
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