How to recycle your trees, cards and other Christmas waste

Published on 13th December 2018

Decorated Christmas tree

At Christmas there is more to recycle than any other time of the year, and it’s really important that as much is recycled as possible.

Cllr Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green, says: “The council’s recycling service makes it easier than ever, with materials such as mixed plastics, textiles, shoes, batteries and small electrical items all accepted at the kerbside.”

“This Christmas, residents are asked to help the crews by separating their recycling by using the kerbside boxes and blue cardboard bags. Pre-sorting will ensure the recyclables remains good quality and will get help the crews get off the streets more quickly.

“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

Garden waste customers can leave their trees out with their garden waste bin on their first collection any time after New Year’s Day and it will be collected.

Non-garden waste customers can take trees to the Swindon Road Recycling Centre during opening hours.
Alternatively Ubico Ltd will collect Christmas trees from Monday 7 January for two weeks.  Residents are asked to check the council’s website for their garden waste collection days and leave their tree out on this day (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 for your next refuse collection, but it will go to landfill.

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 the 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 over the Christmas period. Please put unfinished food on in the food waste caddies, 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 needed, residents can put both small and large caddies out together for collection.

Don't forget to check the changes to bin collections over Christmas and New Year.

More information on reducing waste

Visit the Recycle for Gloucestershire website


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