Torridge District Council and North Devon Council are reminding people what can and cannot be recycled over Christmas and New Year.

Torridge District Council and North Devon Council are reminding residents to carry on recycling over the Christmas period.

Christmas cards without glitter can be recycled in the brown bags, and envelopes can go in the green bags.

Food waste, including turkey bones, can go in the green wheelie bins in Torridge - as can real Christmas trees, as long as they are cut into small pieces.

In North Devon, all food waste can go into the kerbside caddies.

Plastic bottles and containers, glass bottles and jars and tins can all be placed in the green box, along with batteries in North Devon.

Cardboard can go in the brown bags, with any excess placed under the green box.

Wrapping paper cannot currently be recycled, and people are asked to rinse and flatten all plastic bottles and cans during the busy festive period.

Councillor Mervyn Langmead, lead member for waste and recycling, said: “Each Christmas and New Year, due to all of those presents and the additional food and drink, we see a large increase in the volume of materials which households put out for collection.

“Torridge District Council is encouraging households to recycle as much as possible over the festive period.

“With three bank holidays coming up, Torridge’s waste and recycling crews will be working harder than ever, catching up on rounds, with some double collections set to take place, but we will get around to everyone – so please make good use of those boxes and bags.”

North Devon Council will be using larger refuse lorries to pick up some recycling during the Christmas period, rather than the usual smaller recycling vehicles.

The council wants to reassure residents that this is purely to accommodate the anticipated increase in recycling, and the items will be recycled as usual, not sent to landfill.

Executive member for environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, said: “With all the extra food, drinks and gifts over the festive period it is normal to see an increase in the amount of recycling.

“This is a very positive thing, and we encourage residents to recycle as much as they can during this busy time.

“In order to cope with this additional material, we will be using refuse lorries to make some recycling collections, but residents can feel confident that all items we pick up in these vehicles will still be recycled.”