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Urgent message about batteries

Unfortunately, we are having to stop collecting batteries in your weekly recycling. This is after two fires in three weeks in our recycling hall, both thought to have been caused by batteries. You can still recycle them at supermarkets and recycling centres.

We can take a wide range of waste and recycling as part of your kerbside collections - around 70% of household waste. Please make sure you put the correct items in the correct containers. Failure to do so may mean we are unable to empty your boxes, bins or bags.


From 26 November 2018 a new heavy duty recycling bag is being trialled in a small area of Ilfracombe. The trial aims to:

  • reduce littering caused by recyclables being blown out of recycling boxes 
  • introduce extra capacity for storing recyclables as recycling habits change

The roads chosen to take part are:

  • New Barnstaple Road
  • Worth Road
  • Highfield Road
  • Cambridge Grove
  • Orchard Road
  • Hostle Park Road
  • Hostle Park
  • Apsley Terrace
  • High Street
  • Berkeley Place
  • Marlborough Park
  • Victoria Road
  • Barns Passage
  • Oak Tree Gardens
  • Shaftesbury Road
  • Whittingham Road
  • St Peters Terrace
  • Princess Avenue
  • Queens Avenue
  • Normans Way

The heavy duty recycling bag will be used to store recyclable mixed plastics and tin, including foil and aerosols. The bag has double the capacity of the box, and can be sealed at the top with a Velcro strip, preventing recycling from blowing away during bad weather. Glass and small electricals will continue to be stored in the recycling box. All other recycling containers remain unchanged.

692 homes have been selected to participate in the trial, and the area has been selected due to its position on high ground with some steep streets. As a result of this, wind-blown recycling can be an issue on windy days.

Measuring the success of the trial

During the trial we will monitor its success through liaison with the collection crews. Our Recycling Advisor will also visit the homes of participants and seek their feedback on the trial.

The trial will be reviewed after 3 months (end of February) then again after 6 months (end of May) before any decisions are made about the future use of the heavy duty recycling bags.

Download a copy of your new What Goes Where leaflet (PDF 609KB).