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Advice on recycling your household waste this Christmas


Residents are being asked to recycle as much of their household waste as possible this Christmas and New Year.

Your recycling bins take most of your waste  from Christmas – wrapping paper but not the shiny kind, cardboard boxes, cards and even cardboard from Christmas crackers go in the blue lidded bin. Please break down bigger boxes to make sure they fit inside your bin properly and that the lid closes.

Giving your bottles, jars, plastic food trays and metal tins, cans and trays a quick rinse means they can go in the green lidded bin.

Please make sure all your waste is inside your bin and the lid closes properly.

Turkey bones, vegetable peelings, gravy, fruit skins and any leftovers can go in your brown food and garden waste bin.

If you have any bulkier items, such as large cardboard boxes, please take these to one of our Household Waste Recycling Centres. They are open every day except Friday 25 December and Friday 1 January 2021.

To dispose of a real Christmas tree, you can book a free special uplift by calling 0345 1430015. There will be no special uplift service between 21 December and 3 January 2021, but bookings can still be made on this number for January.

We regularly see an increase in the amount of illegal fly tipping after Christmas and we would appeal to residents to dispose of their rubbish responsibly. Fly tipping causes safety and public health problems in our communities and anyone caught faces a £200 fixed penalty notice.

If you see fly tipping please report it to us on 01698 403110 with as many details as possible on the location, person or vehicles involved.

You may see adverts on social media offering to uplift rubbish for a small cost. Please be very careful as the people involved may not be registered to dispose of waste and the material is often dumped.

Page last updated:
23 Dec 2020

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