We can take a variety of waste and recycling as part of your kerbside collections. 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

The following items can go in your recycling box:

  • NEW! Household batteries (please put them in a small plastic bag before placing in your recycling box)
  • NEW! Small waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) such as kettles, toasters and mobile phones
  • Mixed plastics including yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, plastic bottles and food trays - squashed where possible
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Food tins and drink cans
  • Aluminium foil
  • Aerosol cans 

Unfortunately, we are not able to take black plastic products, plant pots, cling film and packaging film. This includes cellophane, sweet wrappers and crisp packets.

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 374776. 

Green wheelie bin

The following items can go in your green wheelie bin: 

  • All food waste - see kitchen and kerbside caddies for further information
  • Real Christmas trees - chopped up
  • Bark
  • Hedge clippings
  • Grass cuttings
  • Weeds
  • Cut flowers
  • Plants (no soil)
  • Windfalls
  • Untreated sawdust
  • Wood shavings
  • Clean straw

Please ensure the lid on your wheelie bin can close properly. 

Kitchen and kerbside caddies

Every home can have a small kitchen caddy. This is to help you collect your food waste before transferring it to your green wheelie bin. If you aren't served by a wheelie bin service, you can have a larger kerbside caddy, which can be put out on the kerbside on the day of your recycling collection.


Kerbside caddy and kitchen 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

Please line your caddies with special compostable caddy liners, 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.

Brown bag

The following flattened cardboard items (with packaging tape removed) 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)
  • Greetings cards

You can have up to two brown bags per household.

If you have a large quantity of cardboard, please contact us so that we can arrange a free bulky cardboard collection.

Cardboard can also be taken to recycling centres in North Devon. 

Green bag

The following items can go in the green bag: 

  • Newspapers
  • Shredded paper
  • White and brown envelopes (windowed or non-windowed)
  • Brown paper
  • magazines
  • Catalogues
  • 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 no longer able 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
  • Disposable nappies
  • Plastic envelopes
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic food wrappers - such as clingfilm and crisp packets

Food waste can go into your black bin, although we would prefer it if it went into your green bin or kerbside caddy.

You can also download our What Goes Where leaflet (pdf 474KB), which contains the same information.