Guidelines to recycling over the festive period

Posted on: 9 December 2016

With just a few weeks to go until Christmas, Mid Devon District Council is encouraging residents to do extra recycling over the festive period.  With all the fun, food and gifts comes lots of packaging and extra waste but with so much going on recycling and the reason it is so important can often fall to the bottom of the priority list.

We are asking residents to recycle unavoidable food waste so if your blue caddy is full you can place any extra food waste in a compostable liner and leave it on top of your caddy for collection.

If you are wondering how to clear away the mountain of wrapping paper, Christmas cards and cardboard packaging, don’t reach for a black sack.  Wrapping paper (except the foil kind)  and greeting cards can go in your green recycling box.

While we might spend a little extra time getting ready for Christmas and New Year nights out, don’t forget that toiletries such as plastic shower gels and shampoo bottles, along with card packaging from aftershave, perfume and moisturisers, can all be recycled!

For those who will be decorating a real Christmas tree, in January garden waste permit holders can put their tree out alongside their brown bin. If you don’t subscribe to the Council’s garden waste collection, you can take your Christmas tree to a local recycling centre. For full details of local recycling centres and opening times please visit

All refuse and recycling should be placed at its normal collection point by 6am on the revised collection days as per your calendar. Alternatively, you can use our handy collection day look-up facility at

Recycling Officer, Felicity Jones, said, “We’ve had a fantastic year of recycling rates so please remember to think green during the festive period and recycle all that you can.  I hope people will take full advantage of being able to recycle Christmas wrapping paper and cards using their green recycling box.  Handy tip: if you run out of room in your green recycling box you can put wrapping paper and smaller pieces of card out for collection in an unwanted cardboard box.”

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