Recycling The Christmas Waste

Recycling The Christmas Waste

That is it, Christmas is over for another year and we are left with a tonne of rubbish to clear up. With more and more of us turning to recycling nowadays and most Council’s giving out smaller bins or collecting rubbish less often it can be quite a struggle to dispose of the excess rubbish that Christmas brings with it, which is why I have put together this handy guide detailing what can be recycled where.

recycling the christmas waste handy guide for what can be recycled where

Local Council – First up, check your local Council’s website to find out exactly what can be recycled with them. We are fortunate that our local Council recycle food, cardboard, foil, paper, certain plastics and much more at the kerbside, this meant that the majority of our Christmas waste, including wrapping paper, packaging, Christmas cards and foil from cooking could all be recycled from outside our house.

Shops – There are quite a few shops that offer various recycling schemes. M&S are planting one tree for every 1,000 Christmas cards recycled in store between 2nd – 31st January, in an effort to help them hit their target to plant 6,000 new trees in the UK I will personally be taking my cards to them despite being able to recycle them in my normal kerbside collection.

Batteries should never be put into general household waste or recycling, there are quite a few shops who will take these including Argos, Tesco and Asda.

Mobile phones can often be recycled and a lot of the time you can get paid for it, I’ve previously recycled old phones with Envirofone, the process was quick and easy and they also accept damaged phones.

Charities – People often receive unwanted gifts for Christmas. Instead of wasting space storing them why not donate them to charity? You could simply take them to a local charity shop or possibly donate them to a local children’s hospice or Women’s Aid hospice depending on what it is.

Metal Recycling – When we’ve had new appliances such as fridges in the past we’ve generally been lucky enough to be able to pass them onto someone else meaning that we haven’t had to worry about disposing of it. If you don’t have anyone to pass your old metal appliances onto and they aren’t in good enough condition to donate to charity I would recommend contacting your local scrap yard, some may even pay you for the metal.

Christmas Tree Recycling – You will need to check this one locally, for those who are local to me Greenmeadow Community Farm are taking trees from 5th – 30th January.

*Post written in collaboration with CJ Metals*


  1. 3rd January 2016 / 10:15 pm

    We always take a load of stuff to the charity shop at this time of year, definitely handy. I also like to cut up the Christmas cards to make present tags for next year! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

  2. 3rd January 2016 / 11:03 pm

    We're very lucky with our Council. They collect recycling, food waste and nappies on a weekly basis from our drive. And we live right around the corner to the recycling centre so easy enough for me to drop stuff off there. I'm also thinking they take batteries in our recycling box but I've not changed batteries in anything for a while!

    I tend to keep Christmas cards because I'm a sentimental old fool!! x

  3. 4th January 2016 / 3:21 pm

    Great idea for a post and such helpful information. I’ve been re-using Christmas cards for years by cutting them up for making handmade cards of gift tags. The M&S scheme sounds awesome too! 🙂 xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

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