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Christmas recycling

20 SEP 21 | 3 minute read

Come December 25th, cries of ‘Santa’s been’ will be echoing up and down the country.

No matter how prepared we think we are, most of us still end up with mountains of materials like card and paper to deal with on Christmas Day. Check out our top tips for tackling waste without the overflowing wheelie bins this festive season...

Plan ahead

Check what’s on the naughty and nice recycling list in your area by checking the Recycling Sorter. Remember that bin collection days may change over the festive season so keep a note of any updates from your local council.  

If you need to visit a household waste recycling centre, check opening hours and find out if a booking process is currently in place.  

Make space in your wheelie bins by recycling everything that you can, flattening cardboard and squashing plastics and metals. 

Remember that bin collection days may change over the festive season so keep a note of any updates. #ChristmasTrimmings

Shop smart

If you’re heading out to the shops bring reusable shopping bags and reusable face coverings. Opt for rechargeable batteries rather than disposable batteries in toys.

We are buying more and more online, which means lots of packaging. You do need to separate out different materials - cardboard packaging can be recycled but bubble wrap and polystyrene can’t.

After Christmas, donate, sell or regift any unwanted gifts. Don’t let perfectly good items go to waste.

Wrap it up

When it comes to paper, if you can scrunch it and it stays scrunched you can recycle it (after removing any ribbons sticky tape or gift tags). And don’t forget about the wrapping paper tubes as they can also be recycled.

Meanwhile, gift bags, boxes and wrapping paper are easy to reuse. Just unwrap carefully, remove tape and tags, and keep them to give to different friends or family next year – no-one will ever know!

Glitter is a microplastic and can’t be recycled so try to avoid it, along with foil and sparkles, on Christmas cards and wrapping paper.

Gift bags, boxes and wrapping paper are easy to reuse. Unwrap carefully, remove tape and tags, and keep them to give to different friends or family next year. #ChristmasTrimmings

Hic hic hooray!

We all know Christmas is a time to get merry with a glass of Bucks Fizz or two. Glass bottles and jars can be recycled over and over again, so put them aside and deposit them at the nearest bottle bank, household recycling centre, or through your household recycling collection if available.

Chill on food waste

Writing a shopping list can help prevent food waste and save money and edible leftovers can be popped in the freezer – who doesn’t love Christmas dinner again and again!

Even with the best planning there may still be food waste, and your food caddy wants it all! From turkey bones, vegetable peelings and brussel sprout trees to seafood shells and tails, tangerine peels and nutshells (and, of course, tea bags and coffee grounds), make sure all your unavoidable food waste and morsels that aren’t made into something else go into the food caddy.

Make the most of metal

Shiny things to include in your metals recycling include that extra-large foil to cover your turkey (just make sure it’s clean), foil trays from mince pies and chocolate coins, sweetie tins, and metal bottle tops.

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