What goes in your bin, box or bag?
To find information about whether or not you can recycle a specific item, please visit our Recycling A-Z pages.
Urgent message about batteries
Unfortunately, we are having to stop collecting batteries in your weekly recycling. This is after two fires in three weeks in our recycling hall, both thought to have been caused by batteries. You can still recycle them at supermarkets and recycling centres.
We can take a wide range of waste and recycling as part of your kerbside collections - around 70% of household waste. Please make sure you put the correct items in the correct containers. Failure to do so may mean we are unable to empty your boxes, bins or bags.
Recycling box- Please wash, squash and pop the cap back on glass and plastic bottles and jars
The following items can go in your recycling box:
- Small waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) such as kettles, toasters and mobile phones. Loose cables (mobile phone and computer cables) can also be recycled. All items should be no larger than a standard-sized carrier bag
- Mixed plastics including yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, plastic bottles and food trays, apart from black plastic which is not recyclable at the moment - squashed and lids replaced where possible
- Glass bottles and jars - pop the lids back on once you've rinsed them!
- Food tins and drink cans
- Aluminium foil
- Aerosol cans
Please do not place large items such as washing baskets, water carriers or beer kegs in your recycling box, as these will damage our recycling machinery.
Please do not place hard/rigid plastics (which do not give easily when squeezed) such as buckets, toys or storage boxes/crates in your recycling box, as these will also damage our recycling machinery.
Unfortunately, we are not able to take black plastic products (see why below), plant pots, cling film, tetra paks and packaging film. This includes cellophane, sweet wrappers and crisp packets. We are also unable to take light bulbs because we don’t have a market for them at present.
Unfortunately we are unable to accept black plastic in your recycling. Though the plastic may have a recycling symbol, it is not currently possible to effectively sort black plastic from other materials at a recycling facility, and so the trays often get sent to landfill. This is because the main pigment used to colour black plastic is not detectable by the near-infrared (NIR) optical sorting equipment because it doesn’t allow light to pass through. As a result, there is no market for selling used black plastic and recycling it ‘contaminates’ and de-values the rest of the load. Because of this – and in accordance with guidelines from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) – we have had to take the decision that we won’t collect black plastic with your recycling. Read more about WRAP’s quest to get retailers to use detectable black colourants in their black plastic products.
Please ensure all bottles, tins and cans are rinsed well, as these are sorted by hand. To help save space on our vehicles, please also squash your plastics and cans where possible.
You can have up to two recycling boxes. You can request a second box online or phone 01271 388360.
Green wheelie bin
We offer an optional garden waste collection service for £36 a year. Free collections of garden waste have stopped. See our Recycle More page for more information and to sign-up for garden waste collections.
Please ensure the lid on your wheelie bin can close properly. The following items can go in your green wheelie bin:
- Real Christmas trees - chopped up
- Hedge clippings
- Grass cuttings
- Cut flowers
- Plants (no soil)
- Untreated sawdust
- Wood shavings
- Clean straw
You are no longer able to put food waste in your green wheelie bin. Please use your new kerbside caddy instead.
Kitchen and kerbside caddies
We collect your food waste every week from your kerbside caddy, together with your other weekly recycling. Your small kitchen caddy can be kept on your worktop and then emptied into your kerbside caddy.
The following items can go in the caddies:
- All cooked food
- All raw food
- Bones and carcasses
- Leftovers from plates
- Tea bags and coffee grounds
- Fruit and vegetables, including peelings
- Egg shells
Please line your caddies with special compostable caddy liners (7 litre or 23 litre), which you can buy from the supermarket. This helps contain the food waste and is more hygienic for you and our recycling crews. Alternatively wrap your food waste in a sheet of newspaper or kitchen roll. Please do not use plastic bags.
Please note we cannot accept anything other than food in your food caddy as food waste in North Devon is processed by an Anaerobic Digestor and not composted.
Please do not put wool from wool insulated packaging or any other packaging which says 'biodegradable' in your kerbside caddy, despite what it says on the packaging. Instead remove the wool liner from its plastic packaging (which should go in the black bin) and place it into into either a compost bin (if available) or dig into the soil in the garden, as the wool will release valuable nitrates back into the soil as it breaks down.
The following flattened cardboard (with packaging tape removed) and brown paper items can go in the brown bag:
- Corrugated cardboard
- Cereal boxes and other cardboard food packaging
- Toothpaste boxes
- Toilet roll and kitchen roll cores
- Cardboard egg boxes
- Card sleeves (from food trays)
- Plain greetings cards (not ones with any glitter or shiny foil)
- Brown paper and envelopes (windowed or non-windowed)
You can have up to two brown bags per household.
Cardboard can also be taken to recycling centres in North Devon.
The following items can go in the green bag:
- Paper, including shredded paper
- White envelopes (windowed or non-windowed)
- Telephone books
- Junk mail (no plastics)
- Dry, undamaged clothes
- Undamaged shoes (in pairs)
- Undamaged blankets and bedding sheets
Please note, unfortunately we can't take wet or worn-out clothes and shoes. We also can't accept duvets, pillows, sleeping bags or heavy curtains.
We are also unable to take wrapping paper.
All recyclable items listed can also be taken to recycling centres in North Devon.
Black wheelie bin
Other remaining items can go in the black wheelie bin, including:
- Vacuum cleaner contents
- Cardboard milk or juice cartons (or, you can take these to one of DCC's recycling centres)
- Disposable nappies
- Plastic envelopes
- Plastic food wrappers - such as clingfilm and crisp packets
- Black plastic food containers (or, you can take these to one of DCC's recycling centres)