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Published on 19 September 2016

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Paint

Paints, varnishes and wood stains can contain hazardous chemicals or solvents including heavy metals. Paint must not be poured down the drain. Local community groups, playgroups or charities will often welcome donations of useable paints. Many DIY superstores will take back unwanted paint, call them to check. Unwanted paint can be taken to any recycling centre. Please firmly attach the lid to prevent leakage. Please make the site staff aware that you are leaving paint.

Pallets

Pallets can be taken to your local recycling centre. Call 0345 155 1010 to confirm if you have a large quantity.

Paper

By using recycled paper and recycling waste paper you will help to protect our environment. You can recycle any white coloured paper, shredded paper, newspapers, white paper directories (including Yellow Pages), magazines, junk mail, and holiday brochures in your reusable sack for paper. Paper must be kept dry, so please fold the bag over if it is raining. Alternatively, paper can be taken to a recycling bank or your local recycling centre.

Pesticides

Chemicals including weed killers, pesticides, white spirits, bleaches, old medicines and other household chemicals can be disposed of at your local recycling centre. These must be in a securely labelled container to be placed in the hazardous waste store. Limit 5 litres.

Pillows and duvets

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

Plant pots

Unfortunately we are unable to take these in your black recycling box and these would need to be disposed of in your black general waste bin. Some garden centres and nurseries take back unwanted plant pots.

Plasterboard

Plasterboard can be taken to your nearest recycling centre (excluding Ivybridge, Totnes or South Molton). Please call Devon County Council (who manage the sites) on tel: 0345 155 1010 or visit their website.

Plastic carrier bags

Some large supermarkets offer in store recycling banks for carrier bags. If your shopping is delivered to your home you can request that it is delivered without bags. Alternatively, you could reuse plastic carrier bags as bin liners for your black bin waste.

Plastics - mixed

Plastic household packaging - tubs, pots, bottles and trays - can be collected from the kerbside by putting them in your black recycling box.

Other mixed plastics can be taken to one of the mixed recycling banks across the district. UPVC can be taken to the recycling centre in Newton Abbot.

Plastic bottles

Plastic bottles can be recycled in your black recycling box. Please remove lids, wash and squash. They can also be taken to a recycling centre or one of the plastic bottle banks located across the district.

Plastic window

You can take plastic windows, with or without glass, to your nearest recycling centre. However there is a charge to do so. A single pane window is charged at £3.50 each and double this charge for multiple pane plastic windows.

Plastic door

You can take plastic doors and frames, with or without glass, to your nearest recycling centre. However there is a charge to do so. A single door or door frame only is £3.50 and double this charge for a double door or door frame combined.

Plastic pipes/guttering/facia

You can take up to 5 lengths/pieces (approximately 2 metres per length or part thereof) to your nearest recycling centre. You will be charged £3.50 for up to 5 lengths/pieces.

Polystyrene (expanded)

Polystyrene should be placed in your black general waste bin. If expanded polystyrene is part of the packaging of electrical appliances, you can ask at the time the appliance is delivered if the company can take back the packaging to be reused or recycled. There is no facility as such to recycle polystyrene at the moment.

Postcards

Playgroups and schools may want postcards for play materials, and many charity shops sell them on.

Postcards can be recycled along with other cardboard in the green recycling box, or taken to your local cardboard recycling bank or recycling centre.