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How to Recycle This Christmas

This is the worst time of the year for recycling, as we all drown under a mountain of Christmas packaging, from wrapping paper to cards, from senseless packaging to cardboard boxes!

So how can we recycle responsibly this year?

  • Stop and think! Don’t take the easy route by throwing everything in the general bin.
  • Double check recyclable items such as paper, plastic and card as they shouldn’t be put in the blue bin if they are covered in shimmery, glittery designs.

Follow these simple rules and recycle properly this Christmas:

Christmas cards & envelopes

Do – recycle if the cards and envelopes are made of paper.

Don’t – recycle if they are covered in glitter or foil, dispose of in the general bin.

Wrapping paper

Do – remove all tags, bows, ribbons and Sellotape and try the ‘scrunch test’. If it stays in a ball once scrunched it can be recycled.

Don’t – put it in recycling if it doesn’t stay scrunched, pop it in the general bin.

Food containers  

Do – clean any disposable paper plates, trays and party cups and add them to the appropriate recycling bin.

Don’t – put dirty, food stained disposable food containers into the recycling bin.

Glass bottles and jars  

Do – wash glass bottles and jars (including lids) and put them in the recycling.

Don’t – take their lids off, the lids help them to be easily sorted and are recycled separately. 

Christmas Trees

Do – cut into small pieces and dispose of in the garden waste bin. If there is a lack of equipment to do this, the local council will have information on how to recycle it. Wreaths, holly and mistletoe can also go in with garden waste.

Don’t – dispose of them in the paper recycling bin.

Old Christmas Lights

Do – follow the electronic disposal guidelines on the set before recycling and check with the local council for recycling information.

Don’t – just chuck a set in the general bin as believe it or not, many lights can be recycled.


Do – Donate to a Charity Shop

Don’t – If you are putting them in general waste, don’t forget to take the batteries out and dispose of them at the local battery collection point. These are available at most supermarkets and can be found online.


Do – put all cooked and raw food into a food recycling bin if you have one

Don’t – put any food in the food recycling that still has residual bits of cling film or foil, and don’t forget to remove pesky wrappers.

Have a happy, environmentally friendly, Holiday period!

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