Commercial/Business Waste and Recycling

Commercial/Business Waste and Recycling

Devon County Council does not currently provide waste disposal facilities for businesses, other than garden waste and cardboard, however your District Council may be able to provide a waste collection.

For a list of contacts for commercial/business waste disposal and recycling, please see Recycle Devon's At Work page.

Commercial/business waste is not acceptable at Devon County Council Recycling Centres. If you are a producer of electrical waste or a retailer of electrical equipment, you must check your obligations under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations. For further information see the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills website.

Garden Waste and Cardboard

Small businesses may register with Devon County Council to bring recyclable green waste and cardboard to certain Devon County Council Recycling Centres.

The following sites are currently participating in the scheme:

Barnstaple, Seven Brethren
Crediton, Punchbowl
Exeter, Exton Road
Exeter, Pinbrook Road
Exmouth, Knowle Hill
Holsworthy, Anvil Corner
Honiton, Sutton Barton
Kingsbridge, Torr Quarry
Newton Abbot, Brunel Road
Tavistock, Crowndale
Torrington, Deep Moor

Even though the garden waste is composted and the cardboard is recycled, the scheme is run at a cost to the Council which has to be passed on to trade depositors. The charges are the minimum that can be applied.

Charges are as follows:

Amount Charge: Garden Waste Charge: Cardboard
Bagged waste only: Up to 5 bin bags / 1 dumpy bag Blue ticket: £6.00 + VAT total £7.20 (min purchase 5 tickets £30.00 + VAT total £36.00, waste must be bagged) n/a
Loose vehicle loads: Up to 500kg Green ticket (1): £38.00 + VAT total £45.60 £6.00 + VAT total £7.20
Loose vehicle loads: 500kg - 1t Green ticket (2): £76.00 + VAT total £91.20 £12.00 + VAT total £14.40
Loose vehicle loads: 1t - 1.5t Green ticket (3): £114.00 + VAT total £136.80 £18.00 + VAT total £21.60
Loose vehicle loads: 1.5t - 2t Green ticket (4): £152.00 + VAT total £182.40 £24.00 + VAT total £28.80

If you would like to participate in the scheme please complete our online Recycling Registration form including your online payment details. Alternatively, print off, complete and return the registration form enclosing a cheque to purchase tickets. Tickets will then be sent once the registration form has been recieved.

For loose vehicle loads, the number of tickets required per load will be determined by the staff at the Recycling Centre  (minimum one ticket per deposit).


Please note that additional tickets are not available in person or by telephone from Devon County Council. To purchase additional tickets please complete the online Recycling Registration form or send the registration form enclosing a cheque. Cheques should be made payable to Devon County Council and postal requests sent to:

Devon County Council Waste Finance Room M12, Matford Offices, County Hall, Exeter, Devon EX2 4QD.

  • Prior to joining this scheme you may be required to obtain a Waste Carriers Licence from the Environment Agency, please contact 03708 506506 for further information. Information required on tickets must be filled in for each load (before each deposit) and handed to the Recycling Centre operator
  • The scheme only applies to vehicles with a maximum carrying capacity of 2 tonnes or below subject to further vehicle restrictions
  • There are specific restrictions on the type of garden waste acceptable as part of this scheme: Compostable garden waste comprises leafy material such as grass clippings and hedge trimmings, and branches no larger than 10"/25cm thick. No other types of garden waste will be accepted under this scheme, including soil

If you would like to discuss the scheme in any more detail, please contact 0345 155 1010 or complete the online enquiry form.