How to recycle your Christmas tree and cards

Christmas tree on the street for recycling

At Christmas there is more to recycle than any other time of the year, so it’s really important that people try to recycle as much of their waste as possible. Please remember to use your kerbside boxes where possible, and take any other materials such as bulky cardboard and mixed plastics to one of the bring bank sites located around the town or alternatively, the Swindon Road recycling centre. Also, please don’t forget to use your food caddies this Christmas. If you have more food waste than normal, you can put both your small and large caddies out together for collection.

Christmas trees

You can put your real Christmas tree out for collection with your green wheelie bin (normal refuse) up until 22 January 2017. Trees will not be collected on recycling weeks.

Christmas trees up to five feet or one and a half metres tall can be left out whole and trees larger than this should be cut down before being put out for collection. We also accept real Christmas trees at our Swindon Road recycling centre.

Christmas cards

These can be put into the kerbside recycling boxes, recycled at the cardboard banks at bring sites around the town or taken to the Swindon Road recycling centre, provided they do not contain foil or glitter decoration.

Wrapping paper

Wrapping paper/gift boxes which do not contain foil can be put into your kerbside recycling boxes for recycling. However wrapping paper made from foil cannot be placed in to the kerbside recycling box as unfortunately they cannot be recycled.

Food waste

Food leftovers are quite common during the Christmas period. We all like to indulge but if you can’t quite finish all the food on your plate remember to pop it in your food waste caddy, as well as all the vegetable peelings and any other cooked or uncooked food. Carrier bags can be used to line food waste caddies.

More information on reducing waste at Christmas

Visit the Recycle for Gloucestershire website