West Devon Recycling Information

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

Find out what your collection days are here.

Find out about household bulky waste collections here.

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

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

What can I recycle?

Reusable white sack

  • 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.

Box 1

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

  • Cardboard:
    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

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

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

  • 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.

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.

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

Clothes must be clean and dry.

Items must be sorted by material type within the box.

Food caddy

  • Cooked and uncooked food

You can line your caddy with any bag, such as cereal bags, bread bags, salad bags and so on.

Alternatively you can line your caddy with newspaper or leave the food loose.

Garden waste collection

Optional, chargeable garden waste collection.

  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Cut flowers and plants
  • Branches up to 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter
  • Weeds, leaves and twigs

For prices and more information on the garden waste service, please click here.