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Waste and Recycling

Changes to you waste and recycling collections

A new waste and recycling service will begin across South Hams on Monday 20th November. Your collection day for black bins and recycling may change (see main article for more information) but collection days for brown bins (for those who have paid a subscription) will remain the same.

Published: 10 November 2023


How will the changes affect me?

Your collection days for recycling and general bin waste (black bag or seagull sack) may have changed. You should receive a letter from 6th November explaining the changes and telling you if you have any changes to your collection days.

You can also check your collection day on our website from 18 November:

Check your collection day

Everyone will need to use their recycling boxes, reusable white sack, and food waste caddy to put out their recycling on the kerbside from Monday 20th November. You will need to sort your recycling correctly into each container.

Here is what you can put in each container:

Recycling Box 1:

  • Mixed paper
  • Glass bottles and jars

Residents are asked to sort Box 1 with mixed paper at the bottom, and glass bottles and jars on the top. Residents are also asked not to put any broken glass in their recycling box. Any boxes with broken glass will not be emptied.

Recycling Box 2:

  • Cardboard and cartons
  • Printer cartridges and batteries (placed in a small bag)

All cardboard presented at kerbside must fit inside the box.

Reusable white sack:

  • Metal packaging – food tins, drink cans, etc.
  • Plastic packaging – milk bottles, trays, etc.

All packaging must be rinsed out. No black plastic.

Food waste caddy:

  • Food waste

Residents can use any type of bag to line their caddy. Residents can use their kitchen caddy under the sink, and then use the larger kerbside caddy to put their food waste out for collection.

If you have not already received your recycling boxes and food waste caddy, you can request them here:

Private Lanes: 

If you live on a private lane, your waste and recycling should be placed on the kerbside at the end of your lane.

Reporting a missed collection:

You can support the effective roll out of the service by reporting a missed collection here:


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