How to recycle your trees, cards and other Christmas waste

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 you recycle as much of your waste as possible. Don't forget to check the changes to bin collections over Christmas and New Year.

We're collecting even more items for recycling

With our recycling service it's easier than ever to recycle, with materials such as mixed plastics, textiles, shoes, batteries and small electrical items accepted at the kerbside.

This Christmas, please remember to separate your recycling by using your kerbside boxes and blue cardboard bags where possible. Pre-sorting your recycling will ensure it remains good quality and will get help the crews get off the streets quicker.

Any other materials can go to one of the bring bank sites located around the town or alternatively, the Swindon Road recycling centre.

Christmas trees

If you are a garden waste customer leave your tree out with your garden waste bin on your first collection any time after New Year’s day and it will be collected.

If you are not a garden waste customer:

  • Take your tree to the Swindon Road Recycling Centre - during opening hours
  • Alternatively Ubico Ltd will collect Christmas trees from Monday 7 January for two weeks.
    • Check the website for the garden waste collections in your area and leave your tree out on this day by your bin (remember to check for bank holiday collection changes). If a garden waste vehicle goes into your street then it will be collected.
    • If a garden waste vehicle does not go into your street, the tree can be left out by your bin on your next refuse collection, but it will go to landfill.

Please note: Christmas trees should be free of decorations, pots or stands and trees up to five feet or one and a half metres tall can be left out whole. Trees larger than this should be cut down before being put out for collection.

Fairy lights

Please put fairy lights in a tied carrier bag and then place them in one of your recycling boxes for collection. You can also take fairy lights to any household recycling centre.

Christmas cards

Provided they do not contain foil or glitter decoration, these can be put into the blue cardboard bag, recycled at the cardboard banks at bring sites around the town or taken to the Swindon Road recycling centre.

Wrapping paper

Wrapping paper which does 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.

Cardboard gift boxes and packaging should be flattened and placed in your blue cardboard bag.

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. If you have more food waste than normal, you can put both your small and large caddies out together for collection.

More information on reducing waste

Visit the Recycle for Gloucestershire website