The most searched for what to do with list

Last Christmas WRAP - the national waste advisory group - produced a list of the most popular items people search for after Christmas to find out how to dispose of fo them.

Below you will find the list as well as advice from us about whether they can be recycled or need to be disposed of in a different way.

Wrapping paper – if it scrunches in your hand and holds its shape then it can go in your green bin. Just remove any bows, ribbon, tags and as much sticky tape as you can.

Christmas trees – if you have one of our garden waste bins you can chop it up and use that or cut it into manageable pieces and put it by the side of your brown bin. You can also compost it at home or take it to a Household Recycling Centre.

Clothing – if in good condition donate to charity, pass on to friends or sell online. It can also go in textile recycling banks at Household Recycling Centres and some textiles can be put in a plastic bag on top of your black bin and we will take it for recycling. 

Find out more about Wychavon's textile recycling service.

Electrical items – these can be taken to Household Recycling Centres or some small electric items can go on top of your black bin and crews will take them for recycling. Never put electrical items in your green or black bin.

Glass – we accept glass jars and bottles of all colours but not other types of glass. 

Read Wychavon's glass recycling guide.

Plastic film – we don't recycle this so it needs to go in your black bin. Some supermarkets may take it for recycling. Check in-store for details.

Christmas Cards – if they are free from glitter and bows then put them in your green bin or save them to use as tags next year.

Decorations – if they cannot be reused again next year then they need to go in your black bin. Broken Christmas lights should be taken to a Household Recycling Centre.

Mobile phones – these can be taken to Household Recycling Centres in our area or sent to specialist recycling companies. Search online for information.

Coffee pod capsules – you may be able to recycle these using www.podback.org. If not then they need to go in our black bin.

The information can also be found at www.wychavon.gov.uk/Christmas as well as festive waste reduction tips.

Cllr Emma Stokes, Executive Board Member for Environment and Street Scene on Wychavon District Council, said: "Christmas is a wonderful time of the year but it can also be very wasteful. We have fantastically committed recyclers in Wychavon and I thank everyone for their efforts throughout the year. This Christmas let's see if we can recycle more than we ever have before."

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