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Waste and Recycling Service Updates

Garden Waste Collections Suspended until Spring 2022

Due to ongoing operational challenges with our contractor, FCC Environment, and driver shortages we have suspended our garden waste collection service until Spring 2022.

At a meeting of the South Hams Executive on 14 October, Councillors received a further update on the waste and recycling situation in South Hams. With regret, they have made the tough decision to keep the suspension of garden waste in place.

This will help to prioritise crucial waste, recycling and clinical collections.

We thank you for your patience.

You can find out more here, or read our FAQs.

Co-Mingled Recycling

Our Contractors FCC Environment have given us a plan that will enable them to get back on track.

There is no change to the way we collect your refuse waste (grey bin / black sack) and your brown bin will be for garden waste only. In the short term we are collecting recycling in three different ways:

ServiceWeekly Co-mingledWeekly Kerbside SortFortnightly Blue and Clear Sacks
How many households are affected?14,50022,5008,000
Food Waste Collection?No

Please put food waste in your black bin or seagull sack.

Please continue to put your food waste in your food caddy.

Please put food waste in your black bin or seagull sack
What happens to the recycling?Please sort your recycling into the boxes and white sack. It will be mixed together in the collection vehicle, but sorted at a recycling facility in Plymouth. Nothing will be sent to landfill.You can find out what happens to your recycling on this page.The recycling sacks will continue to be sent for sorting as they were under the old service.


Sorting Your Recycling

This short video shows what happens to your co-mingled recycling after collection.

Click on the video to view in full-screen mode.

How do I know if I am on the Weekly Co-mingled Service?

Please use the button below to check your collection day. This will show if you are currently receiving a food waste collection or not.

Find your collection day

We are also not able to collect batteries and printer cartridges from you at this time and ask that you dispose of these as you did previously. Please note, batteries should not be placed in your grey refuse bin.

Please continue to separate your recycling, so that we can easily switch you back to the new service as soon as we are able.

Blue and Clear Sack Collections

8,000 households will remain on the clear and blue sack system for the time being.  Please continue to separate your materials for recycling as you have always done. 

Unfortunately for these residents, we are unable to collect your food recycling at the moment, so please place it in your grey refuse bin or seagull proof sack.

We will notify you when we are able to move you onto the new service.

About the Blue and Clear Sack Service

Missed Collection?

If we do miss your next collection, please report it here so that we can keep track of progress we're making or any new issues that might be occurring.

Report a Missed Collection

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