Devon recycling scheme is first to accept plastics

Filed under: Recycling — Posted by: Emma on February 27, 2013

Uffculme Recyclers have become the first in Devon to take all sorts of plastic waste.

The Uffculme Compost Magic Scheme’s (UCM) organisers have said that there has been a strong demand from people looking for the recyclers to take plastic pots, polystyrene and film at their site in Madelake.

John Wilkins, who is the scheme’s project manager, said:

“Our community wants to recycle more material and send less to landfill, so our job was to set up a system to achieve this. We’d like to think this is a real Devon success story. By working with companies and funders we have been able to significantly improve the plastic recycling service on behalf of our communities.”

Devon Household Waste analysis has revealed that, in 2012, 24% of the waste in the bins of Mid Devon was plastic. It has been suggested that residents can help to reduce the levels of plastic waste by choosing the packaged products they buy carefully.

Uffculme Parish Council and the Mid Devon District Council have partnered to provide funding for a Ram-Pack 60HD, a custom-made baling machine that allows bulky plastics to be compacted, reducing wasted materials. This also eases transportation and reduces costs.

UCM’s site manager, Mike Pollard, explained that it had initially been a struggle to find a suitable machine but after being put in touch with Mardon Recycling Machinery, a specially-made baler was developed.

The scheme is a big step forward and is being welcomed by the local community. Many people in the Devon area benefit from using recycled plastic sheets for everyday tasks, such as DIY work.

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