The move, which took place from 6 February, also means that over-filled wheelie bins will not be emptied either.

The change in rules is to try and encourage people to recycle more of their waste and cut the amount of rubbish sent to landfill.

Recycling in East Devon is now over 50% and landfill has been cut by 33%.
The council is asking residents to limit the waste they send to landfill by making sure the items fit into the grey EDDC wheelie bins or gull-proof sacks, which are emptied every two weeks.

EDDC says side waste cannot continue to be collected for the following reasons:
• Litter and rubbish escaping from bin bags is unsightly and costly to clear up
• Sending waste to landfill produces harmful gases in the atmosphere
• The financial cost of sending waste to landfill is increasing every year
• Recycling saves resources, energy and money.

The policy to collect only landfill waste contained within an EDDC wheelie bin or gull-proof sack has been in force for some years but has not been strictly enforced whilst the new waste and recycling collections were being introduced.

Here’s how the new system will be phased in:
• no side waste will be collected and each bag of side waste will be marked with a sticker explaining why it has not been taken away
• Any over-filled wheelie bins will not be emptied and will be marked with a sticker
• Waste Management Officers will be in touch with householders who put out side waste.

At the moment, EDDC cannot take cardboard and plastic food trays, but residents can take these to recycling centres themselves, as many already do.

If you are struggling with your household waste, please contact EDDC on 01395 571 515.