North Devon Council has introduced kerbside recycling collections for batteries and small waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
The council hopes the service will help to raise its recycling rate from 44% currently to 50% by 2020.
Electrical items “no larger than a standard-sized carrier bag” are being accepted as part of the regular recycling collections.
Executive member for environment Rodney Cann said: “We’ve already received some positive feedback from residents about our plans to expand our recycling service. Now the improved service is here, we hope everyone across the district will fully support it and use it widely.”
Households are being asked to place batteries in a small bag to keep them separate from other items.
The council also asked residents to continue disposing of larger WEEE at Devon County Council’s recycling centres at Ilfracombe, Barnstaple and South Molton.
Alternatively, residents can pay North Devon to dispose of these as part of a bulky waste collection.
According to WRAP’s local authority portal, 193 other local authorities offer kerbside small WEEE collections while 251 provide offer larger material collections.