Welcome to Proper Job, Devon's leading community recycling centre and organic cafe

The Proper Job Recycling Centre

Launched in 1995, Proper Job is one of the UK’s first community recycling centres nestled on the northeast edge of Dartmoor in Devon. The not-for-profit and co-operative enterprise aims to keep reusable items away from landfills by putting them on sale in an Aladdin’s cave of pre-loved treasures.

 Everything from baths, crockery and clothes to garden furniture and building materials are sold at a fraction of their original cost, meaning Proper Job customers not only save money but also go someway to leading a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

 Fiercely committed to principles of sustainability and local job creation, Proper job is also on a mission to develop more UK initiatives around conservation, waste management and recycling of the earth's resources. Training sessions and skill sharing workshops are also offered by the enterprise in its bid to promote the benefits of reusing, recycling and reducing in this modern age.

Proper Job Opening Times

9.30- 4.30  Monday - Saturday (All day)

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The Courtyard Cafe

The Courtyard was set up in 1995 by local people wanting to buy good quality organic, fairly traded, locally sourced food in Chagford.

Run as a 'not for profit' business, The Courtyard has gained a reputation for being a great place to shop and eat. Fresh organic vegetables are combined with high quality whole foods from the shop to create the delicious food on offer in the cafe. Seasonal salads, soups, savories, home baked cakes and breads are served up in a friendly atmosphere created by happy staff. Gluten free and vegan diets are always catered for.

A full range of drinks, cappuccinos, lattes, all your favorites, are made using organic fair- trade Java coffee beans, roasted by local coffee experts Coffeeman. All at great prices and also available to take away.

Local artists display their creativity on the walls for you to enjoy, or buy! The friendly and helpful staff are well informed and knowledgeable of local events and services. Family friendly, the atmosphere is welcoming and relaxed.

There is a regularly updated notice board of events and local interests, including services offered from plumbing to massage as well as daily newspapers to read.

The Courtyard is the perfect place to come and see what's happening in the local area, whilst enjoying a satisfying combination of great food and service!


The Courtyard Opening Times

Monday - Saturday

Shop 9:00am - 5:00pm

Food served 9.00am- 3.00pm

Hot drinks served 9.00am - 4.30pm


10.00am - 1.00pm


Reducing waste to landfill

In 2013 we diverted well over 100 tons of waste from landfill by:

Selling 57.6 tons of compostRecycling 18.7 tons of cardboard, metal, glass, textiles etc

Reusing 16 tons of reusable items like sofas, wardrobes etc

Not to mention all of the tools, materials, clothes, textiles, bric a brac, paint and toys we sell through the shop.


Reduced waste to landfill achievements and targets

2013 results 100 tons
2014 Target 120 tons
2015 Target 150 tons