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Recycling your Christmas waste


We all have more household waste at Christmas and New Year but there's so much you can recycle. 

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. For advice on reducing the amount of food waste your have, visit Love Food, Hate Waste.

Zero Waste Scotland has more advice on how you can recycle more.

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 Christmas Day and 1 January 2022. (The Bellshill centre is closed until 8 January.)

Real Christmas trees (with all decorations removed) will be collected free of charge on Saturday 8, 15 and 22 January. You must book this in advance on 0345 1430015 as there are a limited number of uplifts each day and they will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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.

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:
22 Dec 2021

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