Recycling collections in the North Devon district

Please be aware recycling collection days for parts of West Down and the Forches area of Barnstaple have recently changed. We have sent letters to all homes affected by a day change. You can also check your collection dates through this web page.


We offer a free-of-charge clinical waste collection. Items can be collected from a named, discreet, location accessible from 5am on the day of collection.

Arrange a clinical waste collection

Clinical waste is waste that consists wholly or partly of:

  • human or animal tissue
  • blood or bodily fluids
  • excretions
  • drugs or other pharmaceutical products
  • swabs or dressings
  • syringes, needles or other sharp instruments

In the case of medicines, it is recommended you dispose of these by returning them to a pharmacist.

You can arrange regular or ad hoc collections to meet your needs. If you need to cancel or suspend your regular collection please contact us.