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Blue elephant coming to Torbay to help you remember to recycle

By HEDanielClark  |  Posted: July 24, 2014

The elephant with Cllr David Thomas

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ELEPHANTS never forget and now an unforgettable blue inflatable elephant is coming to Torbay to help residents remember to recycle.

The elephant, part of Torbay Council's Remember to Recycle campaign, is visiting locations across the Bay during July and August as part of a road show to help people remember to reduce their household waste by recycling.

Councillor David Thomas, Torbay Council's Deputy Mayor and Executive Lead for Spatial Planning, Housing, Waste and Energy said: "Sending waste to landfill costs Torbay Council £107 per tonne and much of this waste could have been either reduced, reused or recycled.

"This money could be spent on providing worthwhile services in the community. It's also important to remember that recycling is much better for the environment than sending waste to landfill. Disposing of food waste in landfill is particularly harmful as it releases methane gas as it rots, which is more than 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.

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"So next time you're about to throw something in the bin, please remember to have a think about whether you can pop it in your recycling box or food waste bin instead. By recycling more items, more often, you'll be doing your bit to keep Torbay a wonderful place to live."

Torbay Council have revealed that people in Torbay are doing more than ever to recycle their waste with just over 41% of waste being diverted from landfill - a significant improvement from even just a few years ago.

"With households having access to weekly kerbside recycling collections of food waste and common household waste items such as paper, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, plastic packaging and cans, it's easier than ever to recycle in Torbay," the council's statement added.

Keep up to date with the elephant's progress and find out where he'll be at www.torbay.gov.uk/elephants.

There is also the chance to win a family ticket to Paignton Zoo by entering the Spot the Elephant competition.

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  • nivlem  |  July 25 2014, 11:42AM

    They keep CUTTING services and this bedroom tax and yet they have money for these silly great big Gorillas and NOW Elephants. Makes NO sense to me how they can afford these items when people are struggling to just survive living in the area. They should STOP all this waste of money and wages and cut the big pay packets of the "sit on their A**e people in the council and let people who NEED the help get what they deserve......

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  • Tauntonhobbit  |  July 24 2014, 6:41PM

    Yet more propaganda junk that we pay for....is there no end to this stuff?

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