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Disruptions due to driver shortages

We are experiencing disruption to some waste and recycling collection services due to driver shortages.

Three Weekly Waste Collection Trial

On 24 February 2020, we began providing a black sack collection once every three weeks on a trial basis to around a thousand households.

Why 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.

What 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

Not sure what's being collected this week?

Please refer to the table below or go to the Find my Collection Day page.

WeekRecycle boxes
and sacks
Food WasteBlack Sacks
26 Apr to 2 May
3 May to 9 May
10 May to 16 May
17 May to 23 May
24 May to 30 May
31 May to 6 Jun*
7 Jun to 13 Jun
14 Jun to 20 Jun
21 Jun to 27 Jun
28 Jun to 4 Jul
5 Jul to 11 Jul
12 Jul to 18 Jul
19 Jul to 25 Jul
26 Jul to 1 Aug
2 Aug to 8 Aug
9 Aug to 15 Aug
16 Aug to 22 Aug
23 Aug to 29 Aug
30 Aug to 5 Sep*
6 Sep to 12 Sep
13 Sep to 19 Sep
20 Sep to 26 Sep
27 Sep to 3 Oct

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

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