Recycling your Rubbish this Christmas

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It’s no surprise that during the festive season we accumulate more waste than we do throughout the rest of the year. With partying, hosting and general Christmas celebrations happening throughout December, your house will be jam-packed over the festive season.

Whether you need to know the right type of wrapping to put in your green box or what really is the right way to dispose of your mince pie cases, we’re letting you know how some of the most common Christmas items and waste needs to be disposed.


Mince Pie Cases
Starting off with the epitome of Christmas, it is estimated that as much as 4,500 tonnes of aluminium foil is used every festive season. Whether it’s mince pie cases, cooking trays or turkey wrappings, piles of foil trays are used across the UK.

During the early months of the year there is a noticeable increase in the amount of foil in recycling boxes. It is important to rinse or wipe off any crumbs or food residue from foil trays, then scrunch kitchen foil, tub and pot lids and wrappers together to form a ball – the bigger the ball, the easier to recycle.


Christmas Tree
Are you a big believer in real Christmas trees, or can you not deal with the excessive amount of pine needs falling off a real tree every day?

Firstly, if you’re using an artificial Christmas tree, don’t throw it in the bin. The good thing about Christmas is that it comes every year, so your Christmas tree can be used year after year, just find somewhere to store and forget about it until next Christmas. However, if you really feel like you need to buy a new artificial tree every year, take your old one to your local recycling centre or charity shop if it’s still in good condition.

As for real Christmas trees, if you have nowhere to replant it, it can be taken to your local Recycling Centre. However, some councils will collect your Christmas tree with your food and garden recycling bin.


Christmas Decorations
Christmas tree lights can be recycled. Some councils are now starting to collect small electrical items as part of your household recycling collection. However, it’s best to check with your local council, or take lights to a recycling centre that deals with electrical items.

Glass baubles are not recyclable. Any broken glass should be disposed of by wrapping and putting it in general waste. As for plastic baubles, if they’re covered in glitter they will affect the recycling process and therefore need to go in your general waste.

Tinsel cannot be recycled. It belongs in your general waste.

Natural wreaths can be composted. Simply remove the greenery from the base and add it to your garden waste. Artificial decorations will need to be removed and put in general waste.

Any unwanted decorations, in good condition can be donated to a charity shop.


Food and Food Packaging
Food waste needs to be segregated from your regular recycling, however you can recycle your food waste at home in your food and garden recycling bin.

As for packaging, containers need to be empty but you don’t need to wash them clean. As for crisp tubes, that grow in popularity during the festive season, they cannot be recycled in your mixed bin at home. They should go into your general rubbish bin or taken to your local recycling centre. Crisp tubes are made from a mixture of paper, plastic and metal which are difficult to separate for recycling.


Gift Wrap, Cards and Cardboard
Nice and easy, Paper and Card Recycling.

Throughout the festive season, don’t forget about the recycling bin.


Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the DJB Recycling team.