What to do about the rubbish – district by district

This page provides information about what to do with the rubbish you collect. Be aware that you need to have rubbish collection in place before you start litter picking or beach cleaning. Some Local Authorities may expect you to use special bags or leave it in a specific place, so make sure you know what all the procedures are before you start.

Some District Councils can also provide litter picking equipment, but this may vary during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Devon County Council have some litter pickers for children available to loan out. Please contact lucy.mottram@devon.gov.uk if you think you will get lots of children taking part in your litter pick. There is separate information available if you are a school here.

East Devon

Contact Peter Blyth PBlyth@eastdevon.gov.uk or 07734 568866 who will be able to arrange litter collection. You will need to show a Risk Assessment has been carried out and Public Liability Insurance be in place before any help is given.

Please note that during the COVID-19 pandemic East Devon are not lending their litter picking equipment to volunteers but will work with established groups who have their own equipment.

Exeter City

If you are litter picking in Exeter you need to arrange collection with Exeter City Council. Contact Exeter’s public and greenspace team mailbox P&GS@exeter.gov.uk who will deal with any requests. Your group will need to follow their advice and guidelines and they will be able to arrange for the rubbish to be collected after the litter pick. They can also lend out some litter pickers and high vis jackets.

Mid Devon

View the Mid Devon gov.uk web pages for further information on community litter picking.

Please contact Street Scene for further details by calling the Street Scene team on 01884 255255, or email streetscene@middevon.gov.uk.

North Devon

Contact the Waste and Recycling department on 01271 374776 who will direct your query to the correct person. They will be able to arrange waste collection if you are litter picking in North Devon, unless it is from a private beach. They also have some litter pickers and high vis jackets you can borrow.

South Hams

Email the South Hams Localities team Localities@swdevon.gov.uk and they will be able to help you with advice and equipment and can arrange waste collection for you.


If you are litter picking in Teignbridge District then view teignbridge.gov.uk  for details on the community litter picking scheme.

Fill in the booking form return to recycling@teignbridge.gov.uk

Torridge District

Contact Kristina Kastelan or Stephen Pedlar if you are litter picking in Torridge. Email: recycle@torridge.gov.uk Tel: 01237 428700 (select option 3 for waste and recycling).

West Devon

Contact the Locality Officer for West Devon Dil Lord (Locality Engagement Officer) West Devon Borough Council. Email: dilys.lord@swdevon.gov.uk Tel: 01822 813514

She will be able to help with advice and guidance and adult equipment to borrow. She will be able to arrange litter collection by the District Council.