The best way to deal with our rubbish is to REDUCE, RE-USE and RECYCLE it.

We can REDUCE the amount of waste we create by buying food with less packaging, buying fewer disposable items (e.g. use re-usable nappies), repairing items where possible, using electronic communications to cut back on junk mail and composting at home.

We can RE-USE items by re-filling containers, re-charging batteries and taking unwanted goods to charity shops or car boot sales to save them from going to waste.

We can RECYCLE waste such as glass, paper, metal, textiles and plastics so that it can be reprocessed and made into new things.

Devon remains one of the highest performing Waste Disposal Authorities in the Country with a 55% recycling rate in 2012/13, and with your help we aim to increase Devon’s recycling and composting rate to 60% by 2015 and 65% by 2025.

All of Devon’s local authorities work in partnership to promote recycling.

For more information about recycling in Devon, see Recycle Devon

What's new?

It is now possible to advertise your business or event at a local Household Waste Recycling Centre. Click the above link for more information.

  • Newton Abbot Recycling Centre to no longer accept waste from Torbay residents

Devon County Council regrets to announce that due to budget reductions, residents of Torbay will no longer be able to use Brunel Road Recycling Centre, Newton Abbot from December the 15th, 2014.

Unfortunately, as residents of Torbay pay their Council Tax to Torbay Council, they do not contribute to the running costs of the site. We are facing extreme pressures on our budget and simply cannot afford to continue to process waste from outside the county's local authority area without any financial contribution. A decision has therefore been taken to only allow Devon County Council tax payer’s access to the Recycling Centre located on Brunel Road, Newton Abbot.

Security staff will be enforcing this restriction. Torbay residents are kindly asked to use Torbay Household Waste Recycling Centre located on Tor Park Road, Paignton.

  • Newton Abbot Recycling Centre Construction Works – Delays Possible from 7th April 2015

Due to the construction of a new entrance road into the Brunel Road Recycling Centre, users of the facility may experience delays and longer queues from Tuesday 7th April 2015 for approximately 2 weeks.

If possible, site users should avoid the Recycling Centre during this time.

We apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused.

  • NHS Equipment

The Local Health Service is encouraging people to return NHS equipment instead of throwing it away or leaving it at a Recycling Centre. For more information click here. image - PDF icon (6KB - pdf help)

Contact Us

Waste Management Team
Environment, Economy
& Culture
Devon County Council
County Hall


0345 155 1010


01392 382342