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Greener Christmas

It’s the season of present giving and over indulgence but it’s also the season to recycle. So why not give a gift to the environment this year by thinking green at Christmas.

Enjoy a greener Christmas:

  • Buy your fruit and vegetables loose so there’s less packaging.
  • When you're out shopping for Christmas presents take a reusable bag with you and say no to plastic carriers.
  • Buy drinks in bigger bottles - one large bottle generates less waste than several small ones.
  • Stick with tradition and put presents in a stocking that can be reused each year.
  • For the kids’ new toys and electrical gadgets buy rechargeable batteries – for every 500 charges you’ll save 499 batteries being thrown away.

Refuse and recycling

Remember to dispose of your waste accordingly this Christmas by using the appropriate bins, bags and boxes when putting out excess cardboard and present packaging for recycling:

  • Got new glad rags for Christmas? Don’t forget you can put your old clothes out for recycling in your clear textiles bag.
  • Put any vegetable peelings from your Christmas dinner in your compost bin.
  • Keep any wrapping paper from Christmas morning and put it out for recycling in your blue bag.
  • We can recycle all of your Christmas cards, just pop them out for collection in your blue bag.
  • When it’s time to take the tree down remember to chop it up and place it in your green bin to be picked up by our Collection Team or take it to your local household waste recycling centre. Visit our what goes in my bins, bags and boxes page for detailed guidance.

Visit the Recycle Now website (external link) for more green ideas.

Don’t forget you can also take any extra waste or recycling to your nearest household waste recycling centre, who will be happy to take it off your hands.