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Recycling - Dry

Dry Recycling FAQ's

  • Q

    Why should I recycle?

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    Torridge District Council encourage residents to recycle for four important reasons: Recycling conserves resources, saves energy, helps protect the environment and reduces landfill.

  • Q

    Where is my nearest recycling centre?

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    Recycling centres located in the Torridge district are: Caddsdown (Bideford) Deep Moor (Torrington) Anvil Corner (Holsworthy) Please contact Devon County Council for further information, like opening hours: 0345 155 1010

  • Q

    I would like to begin recycling. How do I arrange this?

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    What kind of recycling receptacles can I receive/what items can I recycle?

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    Torridge District Council aim to provide you with five types of recycling receptacles (dependant on the location of your property.) They are: Green box (for your plastics, cans & tins,) Black box (for glass only) A brown bag (for your cardboard) a green bag (for your paper, magazines, junk mail) a green wheelie bin (for your garden waste) and a food caddy (for your food waste.)

  • Q

    Can I recycle electrical goods?

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    Torridge District Council are able to accept electrical goods. To qualify for WEEE recycling (Waste Electrical/Electronic Equipment) your items would need to be small goods that are able to fit inside a carrier bag. If your electrical goods have an adapter, plug or charger attached/present and are in working order then you may want to consider donating such items to a local charity shop. Examples of WEEE are: Radios, speakers, kettles, toasters, games consoles etc, and would need to be present either in or outside your green recycling box, for collection to take place.

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    I have a large electrical item I would like to recycle. Can I leave this out for my normal recycling collection?

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    Unfortunately, if your electrical goods cannot fit into a carrier bag then the item would require a 'bulky item' collection service, for which there is a fee for collection. However, you may wish to take the item to your local recycling centre for free.

  • Q

    My box/bags have gone missing / I've just moved in to a new property and need recycling receptacles, how do I order these?

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  • Q

    I have just moved in to a new development and can see that my neighbours and I do not have recycling containers. Please can you send out recycling receptacles for all properties on the new estate?

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    How long will it take for delivery of my recycling receptacles?

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    Recycling receptacles are delivered by Torridge District Council within 7-10 working days.

  • Q

    How do I recycle whilst I am waiting for my receptacles to arrive?

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    You can place any items for recycling in to plastic carrier bags whilst you are waiting for delivery of your recycling receptacles. However, items will need to be separated (i.e. one bag for cardboard, one bag for plastics etc.) and would need to be left slightly open at the top of the bag, so that our crew can see this recycling is to be collected. Alternatively, you could take any recycling to your nearest recycling centre.

  • Q

    My recycling hasn't been collected. What should I do?

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    My recycling box/bags are overflowing following a missed collection. What do I do with my recycling?

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  • Q

    I have too much recycling this week. What can I do with the extra materials I would like to recycle?

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    Please take any additional recycling to your local recycling centre or put out for collection the following week. If this is a regular occurrence however, you may need to request another box/bag.

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    What day is my recycling collection due to take place?

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  • Q

    Where does my recycling need to be placed for collection?

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    Your recycling must be placed kerbside, outside your property, as this makes it easier for our crew to see and collect. However, if you live in an area with an arranged collection point, then you need to make sure your recycling is present for collection.

  • Q

    I cannot carry my recycling to the kerb outside my property.

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  • Q

    I'm suffering from a short-term illness and cannot carry my recycling to my kerbside. Am I able to arrange an assisted collection?

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    If you are able to provide Torridge District Council with a letter from your Doctor, advising that you require additional support, we may be able to arrange a short-term assisted collection for you.

  • Q

    What time does my recycling need to be placed by the kerb?

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    Recycling collections begin at 7.00am so your recycling will need to be present before this time.

  • Q

    Why can't you collect my recycling from my driveway/property/front door?

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    When recycling is present at the kerbside it is easily visible for our crew to see, therefore avoiding missed collections.

  • Q

    Can I leave my recycling out overnight?

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    Yes, this is absolutely fine. Please make sure your recycling is covered to avoid weather and/or animal contamination.

  • Q

    Where does my recycling go?

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    Following collection, Torridge District Council take your items to Deep Moor Transfer Station, where they are separated into piles of mixed recycling and glass. The separated items are then hauled to Devon Waste Management in Exeter, where the materials are sorted once again. Items are then broken down further and are distributed to outlets across the world.

  • Q

    What does my recycling get turned in to/used for?

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    Paper - New paper. Plastic - Carrier Bags, CD cases, Furniture, Sleeping bags, Insulation. Cans - New Cans. Glass - New Glass. Textiles - Reused (charity shops, sent to third world countries) rags. Garden Waste - Compost. Oil - Powers electricity. Wood and timber - Chipboard.

  • Q

    I own/work at a local shop/pub/cafe and would like to arrange for a recycling collection. How do I arrange this?

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    Unfortunately, recycling waste collated by shops, pubs and cafes etc. are classed as 'trade/commercial waste' of which, Torridge District Council does not collect.