North Devon Council is holding a series of public meetings before a trial scheme for three-weekly bin collections.

Public meetings will be held in North Devon ahead of a new waste and recycling trial.

North Devon Council will hold meetings in Whiddon Valley, Bratton Fleming, Forches and Landkey, which will be the trial areas.

Changes across the district, which come into effect from June 5, include a new weekly food waste collection, weekly recycling, and a fee for garden waste collection.

In addition to this, at the above areas have been chosen for a trial of unlimited recycling, alongside a three-weekly, rather than fortnightly, black bin collection.

The public meetings are open to all trial area residents and will focus specifically on the waste and recycling trial.

The meetings will take place on the following dates: May 8, Whiddon Valley St John's Community Centre; May 11, Bratton Fleming Village Hall; May 17, Landkey Village Hall and May 18, Forches Youth and Community Centre, Barton Road.

All the meetings will begin at 7pm and finish no later than 8.30pm.

The trial covers: Challacombe, Bratton Fleming, part of Brayford, Arlington, Shirwell, Landkey, Whiddon Valley, Forches, Goodleigh, Stoke Rivers and Chelfham.

Ricky McCormack, head of operational services, said: "We would like to take the opportunity to inform those living in the trial area about the service changes we are making from June 5, as well as explaining the reasons behind them.

"It is important to the future of our district that we improve our recycling rates and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

"Following the success of similar changes by other councils around the country, we have decided to trial some changes to help us achieve these aims.

"It is crucial to the success of the trial that residents embrace the changes.

"These public meetings will give householders in the trial area the opportunity to find out more, and enable us to address any concerns by explaining what actions have been put in place."

To assist residents with these changes the council has employed a team of recycling advisors, who will work on the ground in the trial area, offering practical advice, support and assistance where required.

More information about the changes to waste and recycling collections and the trial are on the council's website www.northdevon.gov.uk/recyclemore.