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Over the festive season, the amount of waste we throw out goes up by a third due to all the extra packaging from presents, Christmas cards and wrapping paper as well as more waste being created from eating and drinking a lot more, but most of it can be recycled.

You can help to stop your black bins from overflowing this year with this A to Z of top tips on how you can reduce, reuse or recycle your waste.

A

Advent calendars - Recycle the card and plastic (separately) from your advent calendar in your blue bin or at your local household waste and recycling centre.

Find out more about household waste and recycling centres

B

Batteries - In the UK we throw away over 600 million batteries every year.  Most old batteries end up in landfill, where they can leak harmful chemicals into the soil.

Take household batteries to your local household waste recycling centre or to other battery collection sites.

Also, why not try to use rechargeable batteries instead as they are both more economical and environmentally friendly.

Learn more about recycling batteries

C

Christmas cards - Why not buy recycled cards or send eCards? You could also reuse old cards as gift tags or recycle them in your blue bin.

Learn what you can recycle in your blue bin

D

Decorations - Pack your decorations away carefully so you can reuse them next year.

E

Electrical items - Take your old electrical items to your local household waste and recycling centre.

Find out more about household waste and recycling centres

F

Foil - Recycle clean foil in your blue bin.

Learn what you can recycle in your blue bin

G

Glass bottles and jars - Put clean glass bottles and jars in your blue bin. If you have extra glass you can take it to a household waste recycling centre.

H

Household waste recycling centres - Don’t forget you can take your extra bottles, jars, paper and packaging to be recycled at your local household waste recycling centre and remember to check the holiday opening times.

Find out more about household waste and recycling centres and check the holiday opening times

I

ID - Remember to take your resident's pass or ID to access your local household waste recycling centre and ID your bins by marking them with your house or flat number on them.

Find out about household waste and recycling pass scheme

J

Jumpers and other clothes - Why not take them to your local charity shop or donate them to your local church.

K

Kitchen waste - Try not to buy or cook too much food.  Before you throw it in the bin ask yourself, can you save it and reheat another day?

L

Love Food Hate Waste - Check out the Love Food Hate Waste website for top tips on how to get the most from the food we buy at Christmas and throughout the year.

Visit the Love Food Hate Waste website (link opens in a new window)

M

Mobile phones - If you get an upgrade at Christmas, remember that your old mobile phone could be recycled or reused even if you no longer want it. Some companies will even pay for your old phone.

N

New Year’s resolution - Make a New Year’s resolution to recycle more.

Learn what you can put in your recycling bins

O

Order extra recycling bins - Complete the online form below if you need to order an extra free blue or brown bin.


P

Presents - Why not buy Christmas presents made from recycled materials.

Q

Questions - If you have any questions about your recycling collections you can telephone 01482 300 300 or visit our household collections webpage.

Find out more about household collections

R

Reusable shopping bags - Remember take your reusable shopping bags with you when you go to the supermarket.

S

Squash! - Make sure you wash and squash your plastics and cans to make more room in your blue bin.

Learn what you can recycle in your blue bin

T

Tins - Reuse large tins for storage or put your empty sweet or biscuit tins in your blue bin.

Learn what you can recycle in your blue bin

U

Unwanted gifts - Take to your local charity shops or you could try and sell them online. Re-run will collect unwanted bulky items that are in good working order, free from tears, unsoiled and under cover.

Find out more about unwanted bulky item collections

V

Vegetable peelings - When preparing your Christmas dinner remember to put your uncooked vegetables and peelings in your brown bin, food bin or compost bin.

Learn what you can recycle in your brown bin

W

Wrapping paper - Why not be inventive this year by wrapping your presents in newspaper, brown paper or recycled paper? The overall effect can look great and all these papers can all go in your blue bin afterwards.

Learn what you can recycle in your blue bin

X

Xmas trees - Your artificial trees can be boxed up and reused next year.  Real trees can be taken to your household waste recycling centre or chopped up and put in your brown bin.

Learn what you can recycle in your brown bin

Y

Yuletide collections - Don't forget your collection date changes over the festive period.

Find out changes to your household collections over the festive period

Z

Zinc batteries - The small zinc button batteries used in cameras, watches and toys can be taken to your local household waste recycling centre or to other battery collection sites.

Learn more about recycling batteries

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