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Published on 3 October 2023


Egg boxes

Playgroups and schools may collect these for craft purposes or they can sometimes be returned back to shops or farmers for reuse.  

Cardboard egg boxes can be recycled in cardboard recycling banks, at any recycling centre, or in your green recycling box.

Plastic egg boxes can be recycled in your black recycling box alongside the rest of your household plastic packaging.

Electrical equipment

If the item is still usable, it could either be sold on or donated to a charity shop. Most electrical items have a symbol of a crossed-out wheelie bin on them - and should not be disposed of in your black bin. If the item is repairable, please take it to a local specialist or visit your local repair cafe.  If the item is beyond repair, we can collect it as part of the bulky waste collection service which is an additional chargeable service or you can take it to a recycling centre. Stores that sell electrical items also offer take back schemes. For more information on recycling electricals see recycle your electricals.

Energy saving light bulbs

Old energy saving light bulbs should be taken to either a recycling centre or to the light bulb bank in Methodist Church car park, Bovey Tracey, as they contain hazardous material.

Engine oil

It is illegal to pour down the drain or burn it. Engine oil from your own vehicle can be taken to a local recycling centre where it is recycled, or you can contact your local garage who should be able to take it off you.


Car parts from your own car can be accepted at your local recycling centre. You are advised to contact the site in advance to confirm whether they will be able to accept your waste.


White envelopes (with or without windows) can be recycled in your reusable sack for paper. 

Brown envelopes (with or without windows) can be recycled with your cardboard in your green recycling box.


This includes any items which could potentially be explosive and includes ammunition. Please contact your local police station. Household waste recycling centres cannot accept waste of this type under any circumstances. It poses a risk to site staff and members of the public. Weapons should never be destroyed or disposed of by their owners. Every weapon needs to be accounted for and the police authority that issued the certificate must be informed as to what has happened to the weapon. Unwanted section 1 ammunition can be disposed of through another authorised firearm certificate holder, Registered Firearms Dealer, your target shooting club or surrendered at any police station.