Festive recycling and waste

We always see a big increase in the amount of material being put out for recycling during the festive period.

This Christmas you might see different vehicles collecting your recycling – this is because some areas will have different lorries or vans collecting different items.

The recycling will still be delivered to our depot and recycled as usual.

You can help by sorting your recycling boxes so that the crews can empty them quicker. Did you know it takes just 20 seconds for a crew to process a sorted recycling box? This increases to over two minutes if they have to sort the box themselves.

How to sort your recycling

Wash it, squash it, sort it

A quick rinse of your recycling will keep your green box free from flies and other pests. Squashing plastics, tins and cans, and flattening cardboard will give you more room in your boxes.

In box 1 put

  • cans and plastics together – washed and squashed
  • paper – including recyclable wrapping paper
  • textiles and shoes – tied in pairs
  • spectacles

Shiny/foil type wrapping paper isn’t recyclable so please put this in your black bin. All other types of wrapping paper should be placed with your paper in box 1 and your food caddy or second box placed on top. If you’re not sure place it in your black bin. This will make sure it doesn’t contaminate other recycling – if recycling gets contaminated with non-recyclable items it means it may end up being sent to landfill instead of being recycled.

In box 2 put

  • cardboard – flattened
  • glass
  • batteries -must be bagged
  • small electrical items – up to the of a size of a small toaster


All cooked and raw food waste can go in your brown food waste caddy.

You can order a food waste container or recycling box online.

sign in to MyAccount to ask for a new food waste container or recycling box

Collections dates during the festive period

Recycling and waste collections will change during the festive season – don’t miss your new date.

festive recycling dates 2017

Real Christmas trees

We’re extending our garden waste service during the New Year. Between Tuesday 9 and Friday 19 January 2018 we’ll be collecting real Christmas trees from any properties that leave them out for collection.

Just leave your tree out by 7am on the garden waste collection day for your road. Trees over two metres should be cut in half. To check when that is go to our recycling and waste collection calendar page.

Recycling centres

All our sites are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Go to our recycling centre pages to see the full opening hours.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

For more advice and ideas about how to reduce waste and recycle at Christmas, and all year round, visit the recycle now and love food hate waste websites.