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Published on 3 October 2023


Dead animals

Please see our report a dead animal webpage. 

Degradable bags

Degradable bags cannot be composted. Plastic bags are best avoided wherever possible - if you go food shopping carry a re-usable bag with you. Some supermarkets have the facility to recycle old plastic bags. Other that this, they would have to be placed in your black general waste bin.


Directories can be recycled in your reusable sack for paper. Yellow pages can also be placed in the sack for recycling. Paper must be kept dry, so please fold over the bag if it is raining. Alternatively, paper can be taken to a paper recycling bank or your local recycling centre.

DIY waste

DIY waste generated from the repair or improvement of houses such as plasterboard, tiles, timber and rubble is classified as construction waste, and as such we do not have the duty to collect it, even if it is generated at home. DIY waste should not be put in your black bin, but can be taken to your local recycling centre. Some DIY waste materials are chargeable. Contact Devon County Council, who manage these sites.

Dog faeces

You cannot take animal waste to recycling centres in Teignbridge. We can collect this kind of waste in your black general waste bin with your general waste providing this is of domestic quantity. 

Domestic waste

Bags of unrecyclable household waste should be placed in your black general waste bin for collection. We operate a strict no side-waste policy. We can only collect waste from beside bins if it is in approved additional waste sacks.

Drinks cans

Can be recycled in your black recycling box (please rinse). Alternatively, they can be taken to your local recycling centre or recycling bank.


Dryers can be collected through our chargeable bulky waste collection service they can also be taken to a recycling centre or sold on if they are still useable. Refurnish a local charity, may be able to  collect the item(s) free of charge if they are in working order.

Duvets and pillows

Unfortunately, these items are not recyclable and need to be disposed of in your black general waste bin or in the general waste area of your local recycling centre.