Community composting and recycling became popular in the 1990s – nowhere more so than in Wye with the establishment of our own Wyecycle.
One of the most successful projects was established in Chagford in 1995. Over the years, with the help of the local community, Proper Job has managed to expand the number of different materials that it handles. As well as the customary bottles and cans, it will also take such things as CD cases, paint, electronics, furniture, ceramics, toys, bubblewrap, batteries, electrical cable and garden tools.
This form of waste processing has fallen out of favour and the current trend is towards large recycling firms collecting a limited number of materials over a wide area.
But community composting and recycling do have many advantages: they ensure that materials are disposed of close to source; they can result in the processing of more materials; and communities become involved and more waste-aware.