From 24 February, we will be providing a black sack collection once every three weeks on a trial basis to around a thousand households.

Households affected by the trial will receive a letter and information leaflet by Friday 14 February.

The table below gives an overview of the areas included in the trial:

Town or Ward

Road or Village

TavistockChaucer RoadDown Park DriveLang Grove
Deer LeapDown RoadShelley Avenue
Down LeaMilton Crescent 
OkehamptonAbbey RiseKnowle ViewOak Road
De Brionne HeightsLaburnum WayThe Glen
Fern CloseLeaholes AvenueUpper Crooked Meadow
Fern MeadowLimehayes RoadWillow Tree Close
Holley ParkLower Crooked Meadow 
BridestoweBratton ClovellyCross RoadsLewdown
BroadburyGermansweekLobhill Cross

Super charge your recyclingWhy are you trialling 3-weekly collections?

We now accept foil, cartons, printer cartridges and more plastics for recycling. Find out more here. This means that there is very little going in the black sacks.

We will still be collecting food waste and recycling every week. If you need additional containers for your recycling you can request them here.

Super BabyWhat about nappies, incontinence products and offensive waste?

We understand that some residents have unavoidable waste that cannot go in the food caddy or recycling containers. It is important to store this waste correctly between collections. To do this:

  1. Double bag your waste before placing in your black sacks.
  2. Store the waste in a closed container outdoors between collections.
  3. Consider purchasing a short dustbin to present your black sacks in for collection. Dustbins must be less than 1m tall. You can purchase dustbins from a variety of outlets locally.

☑If you have a baby or toddler in nappies, have you considered switching to real nappies? They are much better for the environment, as well as better for babies comfort and health.

To find out more about real nappies, visit

Drop in Sessions

If you have any questions, please come along to one of our drop in sessions:

  • Bridestowe - 19 February from 10.30 a.m. until 1.30 p.m. at the Village Hall, Pool Hill, EX20 4EW
  • Okehampton - 20 February from 10.30 a.m. until 1.30 p.m. at the Ockment Centre, North Street, EX20 1AR
  • Tavistock - 21 February from 10.30 a.m. until 1.30 p.m. at Tavistock Scout Hall, The Den, Pixon Lane PL19 9AZ

Not sure what's being collected this week?

Please refer to the table below. Please note that the black sack information on the Find my Collection Day form will not be accurate until the trial begins on 24 February.


Recycle Boxes and Sacks

Food Waste Caddy

Black sacks


Recycle Boxes and Sacks

Food Waste Caddy

Black sacks

24 Feb to 1 Mar31 Aug to 6 Sep *
2 to 8 Mar7 to 13 Sep
9 to 15 Mar14 to 20 Sep
16 to 22 Mar21 to 27 Sep
23 to 29 Mar28 Sep to 4 Oct
30 to 5 Apr5 to 11 Oct
6 to 12 Apr12 to 18 Oct
13 to 19 Apr *19 to 25 Oct
20 to 26 Apr *26 Oct to 1 Nov
27 Apr to 3 May 2 to 8 Nov
4 to 10 May *9 to 15 Nov
11 to 17 May *16 to 22 Nov
18 to 24 May23 to 29 Nov
25 to 31 May *30 Nov to 6 Dec
1 to 7 Jun7 to 13 Dec
8 to 14 Jun14 to 20 Dec
15 to 21 Jun21 to 27 Dec *
22 to 28 Jun28 Dec to 3 Jan *
29 Jun to 5 Jul4 to 10 Jan *
6 to 12 Jul11 to 17 Jan *
13 to 19 Jul18 to 24 Jan
20 to 26 Jul25 to 31 Jan
27 Jul to 2 Aug1 to 7 Feb
3 to 9 Aug8 to 14 Feb
10 to 16 Aug15 to 21 Feb
17 to 23 Aug22 to 28 Feb
24 to 30 Aug1 to 7 Mar

 * Bank holiday collection day changes may apply, please check our website nearer the time for more details. West Devon Recycles Logo