West Devon Recycling Information

In this section, residents living in West Devon can find information on recycling and refuse collections in their area.

Click here to find out what your collection days are. Click here to find out about household bulky waste collections.

If you have missed your refuse/recycling collection, please contact West Devon Borough Council on 01822 813600 or report it here.

For more detailed information regarding refuse and recycling in West Devon, please click here.

What can I recycle?

Reusable White Sack

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Household Plastic Packaging
  • Detergent and soap bottles (no pumps)
  • Cleaning product bottles
  • Skin care product bottles
  • Pop and water bottles
  • Milk bottles
  • Pots (e.g. yoghurt, soup)
  • Tubs (e.g. margarine, ice cream)
  • Trays and punnets (meat trays, takeaway trays, fruit and veg trays)
  • Plant pots (not black ones)
Household metal packaging
  • Drinks cans
  • Food tins
  • Biscuit or chocolate tins
  • Aerosols (empty)
  • Aluminium Foil
  • Foil Trays (takeaway trays)
  • Aluminium tubes ( e.g. tomato puree)
  • Metal lids from jars and bottles

Empty all packaging and rinse clean. Replace bottle lids and tops, and flatten bottles where possible. You can leave labels on all packaging, but place film lids, absorbent pads etc. in your black sack. Remember, no black plastic.

Box 1

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  • Paper
  • Magazine, brochures and catalogues
  • White paper (e.g. computer paper, letters etc.)
  • Telephone directories
  • Envelopes (including those with windows)
  • Books

Glass bottles and jars

  • Bottles of any colour (e.g. wine, beer, sauce, oil etc.)
  • Jars of any colour (e.g. jam, sauce, baby food etc.)
  • Non-food bottles and jars (e.g. perfume, aftershave, face creams)


  • Drinks cartons (e.g. juices, milk, plant-based milk
  • Food cartons (e.g. soup, custard, flour)

Items must be sorted by material type within the box.

Paper must be free of dirt, food or paint. Dirty or greasy paper (such as chip shop wrappers) should go in your black sacks.

Metal lids and caps should go in the reusable sack. Empty and rinse all containers, and where possible, squash or fold containers to save space.

Box 2

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  • Cardboard boxes (e.g. cereal boxes, dishwasher tablet boxes)
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Online delivery boxes and cardboard envelopes
  • Greetings cards – no glitter
  • Egg boxes
  • Brown paper

Batteries and Printer Cartridges

  • All household batteries including ‘button’ batteries from watches, hearing aids etc.
  • Battery packs from household tools such as strimmers.
  • Battery packs from laptops or phones.
  • All household printer cartridges.


  • Trousers and skirts
  • Jumpers and cardigans
  • Coats and jackets
  • Shirts and t-shirts

Items must be sorted by material type within the box.

Cardboard must be free of dirt, food or paint. Dirty or greasy cardboard (such as takeaway pizza boxes) should go in your black sacks.

Pieces of cardboard can be placed alongside Box 2 if your box is full, as long as they are under 70cm long.

Clothes must be clean and dry.

Batteries should be placed in a small clear tied bag, such as a sandwich bag or empty bread bag. Cover the contacts on lithium and button batteries with sticky tape to reduce fire risk.

Garden waste collection

  • grass cuttings / hedge trimmings
  • branches up to 10cm (4″) diameter
  • cut flowers and plants
  • weeds, leaves and twigs

Find out more about the garden waste collection service.

Food waste Collection

Food waste – all cooked and uncooked food waste, plate scrapings, dairy, fruit and vegetables, tea and coffee grounds and meat and bones. Food waste can be collected in the smaller blue food waste caddy provided and transferred to the larger caddy. Food waste can be wrapped in liners or kept loose. Food waste can also be composted. For more information on composting at home, please click here.