Can I recycle Christmas cards? What about my tree? When is my recycling being collected? Find out here...

North Devon Council (NDC) has given guidance on recycling as the festive period approaches.

The council will be sending out larger refuse lorries instead of its usual recycling trucks to account for the extra waste.

But residents are being reassured that the items will not be going to landfill.

NDC’s Executive member for environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, says: “We normally see an increase in the amount of recycling over Christmas and New Year and this is to be encouraged.

“However, if you see a refuse lorry picking up your recycling, please don’t worry - it will be recycled. We are using the larger vehicles purely to help us transport the high volume of materials.

“Please separate your recycling into the green box and bags and check your collection dates on the council’s website, to make sure your recycling is out on the right day.”

What day will my collection be?

Collections due on Boxing Day and Tuesday December 27 will have black wheelie bins and black bags collected on December 28 and 29, with recycling boxes and bags collected on January 3 and 4.

Collections due on December 28-30 are as normal.

There are no green bin collections from Boxing Day to January 9.

For more information, visit the council’s website.

Which festive items can be recycled?

Christmas cards without glitter and cardboard can all be put in brown recycling bags. The envelopes from Christmas cards can go in green bags.

Batteries and small electrical items can be put in your green box.

Food waste, including turkey bones, can go in the green bins or kerbside caddies, and if you’re done with your real Christmas tree, it can be cut up and put in your green bin.

Unfortunately wrapping paper cannot be recycled and needs to be placed in a bin bag.