Plastic Free Newton Abbot


Plastic-Free Newton Abbot (PFNA) was  Awarded ‘Plastic Free Communities’ Status for  action around Single-Use Plastic by Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), a marine conservation charity in May 2021.
Newton Abbot  joined a network of over 700 communities across the UK leading the way in tackling throw-away plastics at source. A truly community-wide effort in Newton Abbot  helped  achieve this accolade. A massive thank-you to everyone supporting us along the journey from 2019.
However the story does not stop there!!!!!

We want to hear from everyone that wants to join us and keep promoting the Plastic Free message. Please contact us if you wish to take part.

There are many ways to get involved – organising plastic free events near you, taking part in litter picking, contacting shops to reduce/ stop the use of single use plastics, promote the Refill Devon campaign, engage with local schools and community groups.

Good to know….signing up to the Plastic Free Newton Abbot pledge does not require you to make your business or organisation plastic free, it means that you commit to reducing the amount of single use plastic your organisation is throwing-away. One step at a time….

To see what we are doing visit us on Facebook.


Local Supermarkets

There has been some response from the supermarkets and it is now possible to recycle a few materials with them. Nearly all large supermarkets collect used batteries. As always the situation changes so best to check out what is current at your local store.

In April 2021 Tesco began collecting ‘soft plastics’ like bread bags and pet food pouches.


TerraCycle is doing an amazing job recycling hard-to-recycle items. There are a number of free programmes for certain items. We have a few available here in Newton Abbot.

Before you go to a public drop-off location with your waste, we advise you to check the details (full address, opening hours and location of collection box at the site) and when a telephone number is listed it’s worth calling just to ensure the collection point is still active.

Terracycle and Walkers Crisp Packet recycling. Any brand. Do not fold the packets and make sure they are completely empty. Crisp multipacket outer packaging is accepted. See more on the Terracycle site.

Drop off points at
South Devon UTC Kingsteignton Road,Newton Abbot, TQ12 2QA

TerraCycle® and ACUVUE® have partnered to create a free recycling programme for any brand of soft contact lenses and blister packs. There is a drop off point at Boots Opticians, 34-38 Courtenay Street,Newton Abbot, TQ12 2DT

BIC® Community Champions (drop-off locations) Decoy School and Coombeshead Academy. Any brand of pen, felt tip, highlighter, marker, correction fluid pot, correction tape, mechanical pencil and eraser pen regardless of their composition.

All brands of make-up packaging through the Maybelline progreamme in Newton Abbot visit Superdrug in Courtney Street. Visit the Terracycle site to see what is accepted.


At Ipplepen Community Hub there is a Terracycle collection point for a number of items. ALWAYS check with them before you make a special trip.

Among the waste to be collected at the recycling facility are medicine blister packs, crisp packets and baby food pouches, and rather than go to the incineration plants in Exeter and Plymouth the components in the waste will now be broken down and used in a number of different manufacturing processes, thus making a huge saving in raw materials.

As with all the recycling streams please ensure all product has been removed from the packaging beforehand – thank you!
This does mean that they have had to close one scheme so are no longer able to accept flossing sticks and interdental brushes.

To see what they are doing and to contact them visit their Facbook page


December 2018

Transition Newton Abbot took a stall at Newton Abbot Market on Saturday December 8th to raise awareness of plastic pollution. The display highlighted the problems of plastic in the ocean. TNA members produced fabric Christmas wraps and other crafts. Lizzie, the Recycling Officer from Teignbridge came with information on recycling and ways to reduce waste over Christmas.

Many thanks to Plastic Free Chudleigh for the information provided below.

Click here for information on simple cleaners

Click here for information on the plastic free home

Click here for information on the plastic free kitchen

click here for information on the plastic free laundry