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Christmas recycling

Over the Christmas period we all have a lot more items to recycle. Bottles, cans, cardboard packaging, paper cards (without glitter), envelopes, Christmas trees, washed aluminium foil and dishes are all recyclable. To find out how to recycle these items read the advice below.

Items you cannot recycle are the fronts of glittery, or foil Christmas cards and foil, or glittery wrapping paper. These should go in your blue bag collection.

Real Christmas trees

Real Christmas trees can go into the garden waste collection, please saw your tree into pieces that are small enough to fit easily in your garden waste bin. Make sure you leave enough space for the bin lid to close.

View household waste recycling centre locations, if you don't have a garden waste collection and would like your real Christmas tree to be recycled.

Register a tree for collection on the Just Helping website. Hospice at Home would welcome a donation for the collection of your tree.

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

Does it pass the scrunch test?

If you scrunch wrapping paper into a ball and it holds its shape, then it is recyclable and can be put in your green bag. If you scrunch it and it unfolds, then it isn’t recyclable and should be put in a blue refuse sack, along with glittery, or foil card. Blue bags go through a process to remove reusable contents. Laminated wrapping paper and glittery, or foil card fronts are reusable and can be turned into refuse-derived fuel.

Recycle the backs of paper Christmas cards and envelopes without a coating in your 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 for a few charities that collect used stamps.

Bottles and cans

To recycle bottles (please remove metal and plastic 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.

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