North Devon residents are being called upon to help their waste and recycling crew keep moving during these uncertain times.

North Devon Council is asking residents to help speed up recycling collections by presenting their glass recycling, which would usually be stored in the recycling box, separately to other recycling box items such as tins and plastics. Glass items, including jars and bottles, should now be placed in a suitable alternative container that residents already have available of their own; the council is not able to deliver additional containers at this time. 

The change is part of the council's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It is designed to protect the waste and recycling crews and keep the service running smoothly for residents, as crews are reduced from three members to two in each vehicle. 

Residents are also being reminded to limit their food waste as much as possible and not throw it away. Recipes for using up leftovers can be found on the Waste and Resources Action Programme website - love food, hate waste.

North Devon Council's Chief Executive, Ken Miles says: "Waste and Recycling is a vital service provided by the council going to every single household across the North Devon district. We are doing our very best to keep our collections going as usual during the coronavirus outbreak but we just can't do it on our own. This is why we're calling on our residents to help us out for a while and make a small change to their usual recycling routine."

The council would also like to remind residents of recent advice issued about the disposal of waste if someone in your household has or is suspected of having coronavirus and follow these simple steps:

  • Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste
  • The double bagged waste should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being placed in your usual external household waste bin
  • Other household waste can be disposed of as normal. Please do continue to recycle

Any changes to waste and recycling collections during the coronavirus outbreak will be published on the council website and also on the council's Facebook and Twitter pages. Residents can also stay up-to-date by signing up for e newsletters about all council service including waste and recycling collections and changes online.