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Christmas recycling

Over the Christmas period, we all have a lot more items to recycle. Put the fronts of glittery or foil Christmas cards and foil or glittery wrapping paper in your blue bag collection. Bottles, cans, cardboard packaging, paper cards and envelops can go in your bag and box collections. Take or send stamps to a charity of your choice. To recycle aluminium foil and dishes take them to one of our recycling centres or to a household waste recycling centre. Take Christmas trees to household waste recycling centre or saw the tree into bits and put them in the garden waste collection.

Real Christmas trees

Real Christmas trees can go into the garden waste collection, please saw your tree into smaller pieces first. Pieces need to be small enough so to fit easily in your garden waste bin and the bin lid will still close.

View household waste recycling centre locations, where you can take real Christmas trees for recycling if you do not have a garden waste collection.

To compost a Christmas tree you will need to shred it first.

Garden waste, bag and box recycling collection days

Consult your recycling calendar to find the changes to your garden waste and recycling bag and box collections.

Use your postcode to search for a PDF copy of your recycling calendar, if you have mislaid your calendar.

Alternatively, take recycling to recycling centres or household waste recycling centres.

View recycling centre locations to find out what you can recycle at each location.

View household waste recycling centre locations where you can take a wider range of items to recycle.

Christmas wrapping paper and cards

Put wrapping paper and glittery or foil card fronts in a blue refuse bag. Blue bags go through a process to remove reusable contents. Laminated wrapping paper and glittery or foil card fronts is reusable and a process can turn it into refuse-derived fuel.

Recycle the backs of paper Christmas cards and envelops without a coating in bag and box recycling collection.

Christmas stamps

Charities collect stamps to sell to raise funds. To donate stamps, first cut stamps from envelopes leaving a margin around them. Then take or send stamps to a charity of your choice, see the list below of just a few charities who collect used stamps.

Bottles and cans

To recycle bottles, remove screw caps, or cans put them in your next bag and box collection, consult your recycling calendar for any changes due to Christmas.

Alternatively, take bottles and cans to recycling centres or household waste recycling centres.

View recycling centre locations to find out what you can recycle at each location.

View household waste recycling centre locations where you can take a wider range of items to recycle.

Aluminium foil

View recycling centre locations to find out where you can recycle clean aluminium foil and foil dishes.