Rubbish and recycling at Christmas

Christmas recycling tips

Christmas is a time when we often have a lot more rubbish and recycling - see the tips below to make the most of your recycling service over Christmas. 

Use extra containers for your recycling
We'll always pick up extra recycling! If you have any additional recycling, please try and keep it dry but putting it in a bag or box next to your container and we'll collect it. Please keep all glass in your green boxes or green bin for recycling as this prevents possible injury for the collection crews.

Put up recycling information if you have guests
Christmas often means lots more people in the house - you can print out recycling information and stick it near your kitchen bins so that your friends and family know what goes where. 

Remember that your collection days will change
Our collection crews don't work on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year's day. Your rubbish and recycling collections will shift accordingly - visit the Christmas collection dates webpage.

Avoid shiny and sparkly wrapping
Most wrapping paper is recyclable without a problem. The only exceptions are glittery wrapping paper and paper that is made of metallic foil. If in doubt, give it the scrunch test - if you scrunch the paper in your hand and it stays in a ball, it can be recycled. Please make sure that you remove ribbons and bows from wrapping paper.

Fold down your boxes
We collect a lot more cardboard recycling at Christmas. To make the most of the space in your blue bin, please fold down boxes as much as you can. 

Trees
We will collect and compost real Christmas trees - please put them out on your black wheelie bin week between 7 and 19 January.

Use up your leftovers
Make a plan for how you are going to use up your Christmas leftovers, and freeze anything that you don't think you will use in time. For your peelings and plate scrapings and other unavoidable food waste, use your food waste bin.

Donate unwanted gifts
If you're not sure what to do with unwanted gifts, you can donate them to your local charity shop, or offer them to friends and family.

Old electrical items
If you are lucky enough to get new gadgets for Christmas, remember that your old smaller items can be collected for free from your home. Pop them in a tied plastic bag on top of your black rubbish bin on your rubbish collection day and we will recycle them. Large items can be taken to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre on Villiers Road. 

Changes to opening at the tip
The Household Reuse and Recycling Centre will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day, but otherwise opening hours will not change.