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Christmas recycling advice

What should I do with my Christmas tree?


Real Christmas trees can be composted by placing them out for collection on your garden waste collection day. If you live in a wheeled bin area, cut your tree up and place it into your green wheeled bin. If you live in a bag area, you do not need to cut your tree up to place in your white bio-bags. Place it next to your recycling and food waste.  


Alternatively, real trees can be composted by placing them in a green waste skip at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. Please ensure you remove all decorations first!


If you have a plastic Christmas tree, store it and re-use it next year. If you no longer have a need for it, please place into your general waste or take it to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre


What Christmas items can I recycle in my green bags?

Yes please

No thank you

Christmas cards

Christmas crackers

Sweet and biscuit tins

Plastic film

Envelopes (including ones with windows)

Polystyrene

Glass bottles/ jars

Food waste

Selection boxes (cardboard section)

Foil

Cardboard sweet cartons

Foil gift bags

Plastic sweet/biscuit containers

Foil/metalic wrapping paper

Catalogues/ magazines

Unwanted Christmas decorations

Advent calendar (cardboard section)

 

Cardboard boxes*

 


 


*If your cardboard box is too large to place into a green bag, please flatten it and place it next to your green bags on collection day. Please remember to remove all other packaging e.g. polystyrene/ plastic film.


Full list of what can be recycled in your green bags


What do I do with the bones from my turkey? 


Any meat or bones can be composted using your kerbside food waste caddy. If your turkey carcass is too big for the kitchen caddy, place it into a caddy liner and put it directly into your brown kerbside food waste caddy.


Remember, all food waste can be put into your kerbside food caddy for a weekly collection.


How can I recycle my Christmas cards?


Christmas cards can be recycled by putting them in your green bag or by placing them into the cardboard skip at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. Please ensure they are placed loose into the skip, and you do not put any plastic bags in there.


What can I do with unwanted gift bags?


Keep them for next Christmas, and re-use them! If they are no longer fit for use, please place them into your black bin/red striped bag.


What can I do with old batteries?


These can be taken to any local library or leisure centre to be recycled. Alternatively, they can be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. Most supermarkets now have battery recycling bins too!


Perhaps consider buying some re-useable batteries, to ensure all those new toys and games work all year around.


Can unwanted decorations be recycled?


They cannot be recycled but they can be reused next year. If you no longer have a use for them donate them to charity or to Re-createExternal link opens in a new window . If they are no longer fit for use, please place them into your black bin/red striped bag. 


What should I do with old or unwanted presents?


If you receive unwanted presents or are clearing out old presents to make room for new ones, take them to your local charity shop. If you have any old electrical items that are not fit for reuse - such as televisions or games consoles - please take them to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre and place them in the electrical skips so that they can be recycled. 


For further festive recycling advice, please visit Recycle for WalesExternal link opens in a new window

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