What can I recycle this Christmas?

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Man holding rubbish bag on Christmas day collecting wrapping paper

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We often produce more waste at Christmas time, so here are some of the items we’re most commonly asked about whether they can be recycled.

Please remember, if it’s glittery or greasy – keep it out of your recycling bin!

Check your bin days over Christmas with your district council. You can find opening times for our Household Waste Recycling Centres on our website.

Advent calendars

You can recycle your advent calendar as long as it doesn’t have any glitter or foil on the front. 
Please separate the plastic tray inside from the outer cardboard.

Christmas cards

When it’s time to take your Christmas cards down, you can recycle them as long as there is no foil, glitter or glue on the front. 
If there is, you can take off the back and recycle that, and then put the front of the card in your general waste.

Christmas crackers

Separate your crackers out once you’ve used them. Any cardboard and paper can be recycled, as long as it doesn’t have any glitter or foil on it.
Other items, such as plastics, ribbons, or any foil or glittery card needs to go in your general waste bin.

Wrapping paper

If it’s glittery or has foil on it, it can’t be recycled. Plain wrapping paper can go in your recycling.

Why not bring two bags into your living room on Christmas morning; one for recyclable paper and one for the bin. But remember to empty the bag into your recycling bin – we can’t recycle plastic bags!

Food waste and vegetable peelings

Any food waste needs to go in your general waste bin, including vegetable peelings.

If you have a home composter, you can recycle vegetable peelings, eggshells, teabags and more in your compost bin – but these can’t go in your garden waste recycling bin from the council.

Crisp packets and tubes

Crisp packets and crisp tubes (such as Pringles) can’t be recycled and need to go in your general waste bin.

Sweets, biscuits and chocolates

Sweet and chocolate wrappers cannot be recycled and need to go in your general waste bin.

If you’ve had a box of biscuits – the cardboard can be recycled, and any plastic trays (as long as they’re not black or brown), but the cellophane wrapper will need to go in your general waste bin.
If you’ve had a tub of chocolates, like Celebrations or Heroes, the plastic tub can be recycled. Sometimes these can also come in bags – this would need to go in your general waste bin.

If you’ve got ay foil-wrapped chocolate, mince pie foil tins, or even a metal chocolate tins – these can all be recycled as long as they’re clean and dry.

Electrical items and batteries

Take old electrical items to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. Batteries can be recycled there too, or you can often find battery recycling points in supermarkets.

Please do not put any electrical items or batteries in your general waste bin, or in the general waste at the tip – it can cause fires.

Takeaway containers and pizza boxes

If you wash out plastic or foil tubs and they are clean, they can be recycled.

Pizza boxes and other cardboard, such as lids, will be too greasy and need to go in your general waste bin.

Old clothes

If you’re having a clear out to make way for your new stuff, you’ll need to take old clothes to a Household Waste Recycling Centre, or to a clothes bank or charity shop near you.
 

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