Torridge District Council is asking residents to look out for red envelopes in the post detailing changes to waste and recycling services.

The changes will take place on June 4 and green food caddies and black boxes for glass are being delivered to all households ahead of this date.

The two new containers will be collected weekly alongside other recycling containers.

At the same time, black bag collections will move to fortnightly collections, and fortnightly green garden waste collections will be chargeable at £35 a year.

Councillor Mervyn Langmead, lead member for waste and recycling, said: “Torridge is the last council in Devon and one of the last councils in the UK to move away from weekly domestic waste collections and we have made this change in order to encourage residents to recycle more and to ensure that we can achieve the Government’s minimum target for all councils to recycle 50 per cent of their domestic waste.

“We hope residents will take up this opportunity to make full use of our enhanced recycling services to help us achieve these targets and to help us protect our lovely local environment.”

Residents are reminded that free collections of garden waste cease on June 4.

Those residents who have yet to sign-up to pay for the new garden waste collection service can do so at www.torridge.gov.uk/gardenwaste or by calling 01237 428700 and selecting option three.