Christmas recycling tips

Tips to help you recycle more over the festive season

Last year we collected over 35,000 tonnes of waste during December and January, 42% of which was recycled, but we would like to recycle even more this year. To help you recycle your Christmas rubbish where you can, we have some tips.

Christmas cards

Once your Christmas cards come down, you can put them in mixed recycling or packaging bins if you use the communal service, or the green mixed wheelie bin if you have kerbside collections. Envelopes should go in mixed or packaging recycling bins.

Wrapping paper

Wrapping made with metallic film is not currently recycled. However,  you can put all paper wrapping in mixed recycling or packaging bins if you use the communal service, or the green mixed wheelie bin if you have kerbside collections.

Present packaging

You can put cardboard boxes in mixed recycling or packaging bins if you use the communal service, or the green mixed wheelie bin if you have kerbside collections. Polystyrene is non-recyclable please dispose polystyrene in landfill bins.

Plastic toys

You can take plastic toys to one of our Household Waste Recycling Centres or, if in good condition, donate to charity. If you have kerbside collections, small electrical items, such as hairdryers and toasters, can be placed in the blue box or taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Tins and foil

You can put any tins and foil in packaging (communal residents only) and mixed recycling bins - but they must be clean. Any disposable turkey tins, foil that's wrapped leftovers or empty cans should be thoroughly washed.

Plastic bags

We can't accept plastic bags for recycling however some supermarkets will recycle them. Alternatively, help save the environment and avoid a 5p charge by reusing them for your next shop.

Plastic tubs

Once the plastic tubs are clean, these can be placed in mixed or packaging (communal residents only) recycling bins.

Leftovers

Bones along with other food waste like

  • egg shells
  • fruit and vegetable peelings
  • tea bags
  • any leftover food that can't be eaten

can be bagged in either a compostable liner, carrier bag or wrapped in newspaper and deposited in the grey food caddy if you use the kerbside collections, or on-street food recycling bins if you live in a flat.

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