Where can I recycle my Christmas rubbish, tree, wrapping paper and cards in East Devon?

If you are keen to do your bit for East Devon and recycle your festive rubbish, the district council has put together a guide to help.

Every household in the district should have received a bin hanger, with all the information you need over Christmas and New Year, which can also be found here.

What can go in the green box?

  • Plain wrapping paper and Christmas cards (No glitter, foil or plastic gift wrap – it could contaminate a whole lorry load of paper or cardboard).
  • Textiles in a plastic bag, to keep them dry. The district council works with The Salvation Army which reuses the items – they need to be in charity shop condition.
  • Batteries, placed in a small clear bag, and small electrical items that fit inside your green box with the lid on, such as hairdryers or kettles.

What can go in the grey wheelie bin?

  • Wrapping paper or Christmas cards with glitter, foil or plastic – it will be used to generate electricity.
  • Plastic film –EDDC does not recycle film wrappers, plastic bags, crisp packets, cling film, polythene and pill casing.
  • Polystyrene

What can go in the food caddy?

  • All food, cooked or uncooked; dog and cat food, tea bags and coffee grounds. It can be placed in a single-use plastic bag – such as a bread bag, cereal box liner or carrier bag – and put in your food caddy.

Where can I recycle my Christmas tree?

You can recycle your real Christmas tree in your green waste bin (no branches thicker than 100mm) or take them to a number of East Devon locations for collection.

Trees will be composted and used as a natural fertiliser by local farms or in council parks.

Monday, January 3

  • Axminster: West Street car park – 12:30pm to 2.30pm
  • Seaton: Jurassic car park – 8.30am to 11.30am
  • Exmouth: Imperial Road car park – 8.30am to 2pm

Tuesday, January 4

  • Broadclyst: Sports Pavilion car park –12:30pm to 2.30pm
  • Budleigh Salterton: Lime Kiln car park – 8.30am to 11.30am
  • Honiton: Lace Walk car park – 8.30am to 11.30am
  • Ottery St Mary: Land of Canaan car park – 12.30pm to 2.30pm

Wednesday, January 5

  • Cranbrook: The Cranberry Farm – 8.30am to 11.30am
  • Sidmouth: Manor Road car park – 8.30am to 12pm

Have lots of cardboard to recycle?

East Devon District Council (EDDC) is urging residents with large quantities of cardboard to put it out for collection over several weeks.

The district council said: “There are times when we may have to leave behind some cardboard for another collection if our vehicles are filling quickly.

“If you do have large quantities of material which you would rather not keep until the next collection, then there will be the option for you to visit your local recycling centre.”

To find out more about EDDC recycling and refuse collection dates over the festive period, see here.

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