Recycling and Rubbish at Christmas

This festive season it is more important than ever that we remember the importance of recycling, especially as it is the most wasteful time of the year! Contamination is a huge problem over Christmas and it means that good recycling has to be disposed of like your general rubbish because of items that have spoiled the recyclable material.

First you should make sure that you know your bin collection dates as they may have changed slightly during the festive period. You can check bin collections here.

Recycling bin (Brown bin with grey lid):

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Wrapping paper if it stays scrunched up and has no glitter on.
  • Glass jars
  • Plastic pots
  • Food and drink cans
  • Christmas cards

Rubbish bin (Green bin):

  • Food and drink cartons (Tetrapak)
  • Christmas decorations
  • Christmas food waste
  • Clingfilm
  • Tin foil
  • Glitter wrapping paper 
  • Wrapping paper that flattens back out after scrunching it up

Christmas household items

Why not have a clear out a few weeks before Christmas of all the things that are broken or haven’t been used in a while.

Good working toys can be donated to charities across the city such as the YMCA orBarnardos, the British Heart Foundation will even collect unwanted toys, electricals or household furnishings for free from your house.

If you have broken household items these should be taken to your local recycling centre (NG7 2UJ) or you can book a bulky waste collection online here. (Charges may apply).

Christmas tree collection

Nottingham City Council offer a tree recycling and collection service for £5 per tree. The tree has to be real not artificial and needs to be clear of all decorations and lights. You can book a Christmas tree collection here.

Double checking those common Christmas items

Batteries – Used batteries can be put in a sealable clear plastic bag and placed on top of your bin for collection, or they can be taken to many libraries, community centres or supermarkets.

Wrapping paper – Scrunch test your wrapping paper and gift bags, if they can be scrunched up and not bounce back into shape then they can be places into your recycling bin. However, if your paper contains glitter, ribbons, bows or sticky tape please tear off these parts first.

Christmas Lights – Cannot be placed into the recycling bin! Please put them in your general rubbish or take them to a WEEE (Waste electrical and electronic equipment) bank or recycling centre.

Christmas Cards – Christmas cards can be recycled but any parts with glitter or non-paper decorations need to be cut out before putting them into the recycling bin.

Christmas Decorations – Christmas decorations whether plastic or glass are not recyclable, these will need to be placed in to your general waste bin or if they are in good order donated to a charity shop or sold on. Tinsel and baubles do not belong in your recycling bin.