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East Devon District Council is introducing a new recycling and waste service in two phases starting in Exmouth from mid-February 2017 and rolling out to the rest of the district from June 2017. 

The new service will mean that the district’s 68,000 households will be able to recycle more than ever before as every week we will be collecting new items which are:

  • Cardboard – such as egg boxes, kitchen and toilet roll tubes, cardboard boxes, card for packaging such as toys, clean cardboard food packaging (cereal boxes and cardboard sleeves).
  • Mixed plastics – such as yoghurt pots, plastic meat and vegetable trays, margarine and ice cream tubs, and plastic bottles.
  • Cartons/Tetra Paks – such as orange juice cartons, milk and soup Tetra Paks.
  • Small electrical items – such as irons and kettles (please put them in carrier bags to keep cables tucked safely away).

These new items are additional to your food waste bin and your current recyclables which include:

  • Paper
  • Glass
  • Textiles, shoes and batteries
  • Tins and cans
  • Foil (including trays)
  • Aerosols

As residents will be able to recycle so much more every week, including bulky items such as cardboard and mixed plastics, your grey wheeled bin will be collected every three weeks.

Most household will be given an additional 75 litre reusable sturdy sack with a Velcro seal in which to collect their extra recyclables. These will be delivered by our contractors SUEZ in late January/early February.

In January, Exmouth households will receive further information about the new service by Post which will give you details about what you can recycle, the collection dates for your recycling, food waste and grey wheeled bin, top tips on how you can recycle more and what recycling items should be separated into your containers ready for your kerbside collections.

Residents have been asking the council, through surveys, to help them recycle more and waste less for some time and in autumn 2015 more than 1300 households in two East Devon areas trialled the new service. The trials in Exmouth (The Colony) and new Feniton, proved so successful, that residents asked for the service to continue.

In preparation for the new service starting in Exmouth, the council has been holding an extensive and ongoing public awareness campaign and recycling officers have been talking to residents at information days which will continue over the next few months. Why not come along and have a chat with our team at one of our events?

We’re here to help our residents through this change and we have prepared a list of frequently asked questions which we hope will assist you. You may also want to consider downloading the council’s really useful smart phone app  which will send reminders about recycling and waste collection days tailored to your own address. The East Devon mobile app is free and is available to download from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.