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♫ Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Recycling tips and Christmas collections in Torridge

Torridge District Council would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all our residents who continue to help us recycle as much as possible across the District including recent additions such as small electrical goods and batteries. While the festive season is a period for many of us to relax and spend time with family and friends, we need everyone to KEEP RECYCLING especially all the cardboard, drinks containers and other waste items Christmas usually throws our way.

Torridge crews will now be taking a well-deserved short break during the festive period and there will be no kerbside recycling collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day. However, crews will be working normally on other days across the holiday period to collect any festive leftovers. The Council are asking people to check their collection dates on their online calendar as some of the collections will be a day or two later than usual as a result of the public holidays.

To accommodate the extra work over this period, as usual, there will be no garden waste collections

between Monday 26th December 2022 and Sunday 8th January 2023. Collections will start again on Monday 9th January 2023.

Lots of festive items can be fully recycled, including:

  • Real Christmas Trees – Ideally chopped up and placed in your Green Wheelie bin or whole trees can be placed next to your Green Bin
  • Plastic bottles, containers and tins (green box)
  • Foil trays (green box)
  • Glass bottles and jars (black box)
  • Christmas cards without glitter (brown bag)
  • Christmas card envelopes (brown bag)
  • Food waste, including turkey bones (green food caddies)
  • Cardboard (broken up or flattened) which must be placed in the brown bag. Each household can have two brown bags and to order an extra one people should visit the Councils website.

There are some items which unfortunately cannot be recycled:

  • Large, oversized cardboard boxes may be rejected unless broken into pieces and placed in the brown bags or alternatively these can be taken to one of the local Devon County recycling centres.
  • Items covered in glitter.
  • We can only accept brown wrapping paper due to the low-grade nature of standard wrapping paper for which there is currently no commercial end use.

Residents can be reassured though that no waste will be sent to landfill and any residual waste that can’t be recycled is sent to an energy from waste reclamation plant where it is processed to generate electricity.

More recycling information can be found on social media or on the Council website @


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