Christmas waste and recycling information
Christmas waste and recycling collections
Waste and recycling collection dates will not change over the Christmas and New Year period. Waste collection crews will be working on Bank Holidays Monday 27, Tuesday 28 December 2021, and Monday 3 January 2022.
Residents can check their waste, recycling, and garden waste collection days online on our Waste collection calendar.
Cllr Dr Mark McClelland, Cabinet Member for Waste said:
At Christmas time many of us generate more waste than usual. We would like everyone to do their bit by recycling as much of their waste as possible. Our kerbside recycling collection service helps make this easy to do. In addition to the everyday items people tend to recycle through use of their blue lidded bin and black box you can add the following:
Empty, wash and squash all plastic bottles and cartons. Leave lids on.
- Wrapping paper, providing it scrunches into a ball*
- Cardboard packaging
- Plastic sweet tubs (up to 5 litres)
- Mince pie foil cases
- Drinks cans
- Christmas cards without glitter
- Gift tags
- Squirty cream aerosols
- Biscuit tins.
- Plastic bottles and food containers
*The scrunch test is when you try to squeeze paper into a ball. If it stays in a ball, it is most likely the wrapping paper is made of paper only. If it does not, it is likely the paper contains other materials, which means we cannot collect it for recycling.
- Foil-lined cardboard tubes (for example, Pringles tubes)
- Plastic packaging and polystyrene
- Rigid plastic eg toys,
- Black plastic pots tubs and trays
- Cling film
- Small electricals (for example, fairy lights)
Clean glass bottles and jars should be placed in your black box.
- Clean glass bottles (leave the lids on)
- Clean glass jars (leave the lids on)
- Clean and dry clothes (in a tied plastic bag)
- Pairs of shoes, belts, handbags (in a tied plastic bag)
- Curtains and sheets (in a tied plastic bag)
- Blankets and duvet covers (in a tied plastic bag)
- Flat glass
Households with extra recyclable materials such as cans, cardboard and paper can place these in suitable alternative containers alongside their bin for collection. Flatten cardboard, and wash and squash plastic bottles and cartons and put the lids back on. This helps fit more waste into your blue-lidded bin.
It is important that people do not place batteries or electrical items into any of their household waste bins. These items can cause fires in collection vehicles or at waste processing/sorting facilities. Instead they can be disposed of at HRCs.
Many supermarkets have collection points for batteries or you could check if there are more local drop off points - visit recycling location locator for more information.
Local charity shops may be happy to receive donations of unwanted Christmas presents and textiles and shoes that are in good condition.