Here is our guide to help you get your recycling right and cut your waste this Christmas. Visit what can i put in my green bin for information about all the items you can recycle at home.
The Nice List
These go in your green bin/clear sack or can be taken to a Household Recycling Centre where indicated.
Wrapping paper – if it is not glittery or metallic/plastic lined. Scrunch your wrapping paper into a ball and if it holds its shape it can be recycled
Cardboard packaging – Please flatten before putting in your green bin/clear sack.
Glass bottles – all colours can go in your green bin. If on a sack collection, please take to a Household Recycling Centre or one of our bring banks.
Crackers – if the wrapper can be scrunched and holds its shape then it can be recycled along with the cardboard tube, paper joke, paper hat and the snapper. Any plastic prize inside needs to go in your black bin/sack.
Plastic bottles – all colours except black can go in your green bin/clear sack. Leave lids on.
Advent calendars – the outer cardboard and plastic inner can go in your green bin/clear sack if it is free from foil or chocolate and is not made of black plastic.
Plastic tubs - pots or trays, such as those used for nibbles or dips (as long as not black plastic), can go in your green bin/clear sack.
Metal drinks cans - these go in your green bin/clear sack.
Tin foil – if clean and free from food this can be recycled at a Household Recycling Centre. Please do not put in your green bin/clear sack.
Cardboard takeaway boxes – if not too greasy and free from food these can go in your green bin/clear sack
Plastic or metal sweet/biscuit tins – these go in your green bin/clear sack.
Christmas cards – these go in your green bin/clear sack or save them to reuse as tags next year.
The Naughty List
These items go in your black bin/sack.
Tinsel - and other non-paper-based decorations.
Black plastic - of any kind.
Polystyrene - like the kind used in packaging.
Paper napkins - and plates.
Metallic or plastic - backed wrapping paper (do the scrunch test to check).
Glitter - covered products and bows or ribbons (unless you can save them to use next year).
Santa's Helpers (additional ways to reduce and reuse)
Christmas trees – real ones can be taken to Household Recycling Centres
Food waste – portion plan and use up leftovers. Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for tips
Clothing – if good quality donate them to a charity shop or put them out for collection with your black bin/sack in a plastic bag and we will take them to be reused or recycled
Unwanted toys/gifts – donate them to a charity shop
Batteries – take them to any supermarket or retailer that sells batteries and use their battery recycling point. You can also put them in a plastic bag and leave them on top of your black bin for recycling