December - Christmas recycling

Christmas doesn't have to be a time of waste and excess - and overflowing bins.

Follow our ideas for how you can enjoy the festive season without it costing the earth.

Christmas recycling collections

Make sure you know when your recycling will be collected over the festive period. Find out about changes to your collections here.

Household Waste Recycling Centres will be open over the festive season too. They're open every day (except Wednesdays) from 8.30am to 4pm except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Christmas tree recycling

Once Christmas is over you can recycle your real Christmas tree by:

Putting it out for collection when your green waste collection is due. Please remove all the decorations first.

You could also take it to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre. It will then be composted along with other garden waste.

Electrical goods

If you receive new electrical items for Christmas you may be wondering what to do with your unwanted old ones. If they're still in good working order you could sell them or pass on to friends or relatives. Local charities may also take them. You can also take them to Household Waste Recycling Centres. Broken electricals are sent away to be turned into new components. 

Christmas card recycling

Christmas cards and wrapping paper can be included in your green recycling paper bins. Foil backed paper should not be included.

Remember to flatten all cardboard boxes so they fit into the troughs on ur collection vehicles - if you don't they may not be taken away.

Five tips to save money on festive food

Nearly 20% of food brought into the home ends up in the bin - that's like throwing away one bag of shopping in every five. 

Wasting food is estimated to cost the average household £470 a year and up to £700 for families. Follow these steps to make the most of your turkey and trimmings:

It pays to plan ahead. Christmas is probably the one time of year when we make a plan for what we will eat on Christmas Day. Take a look in your cupboards, fridge and freezer and make a note of what foods you already have. This will help you avoid buying things you already have.

Store well. Most leftovers will keep for up to days well wrapped in the fridge or pop then in the freezer to enjoy later. 

Keep an eye on the dates in your fridge. Use-by means food must be eaten by this date or frozen to keep longer. Best Before is for quality only so food is safe to eat after this date.

Portion control. Visit the Love Food Hate Waste website for lots of really good advice about portion sizes and ways to use love your leftovers. You can use up your leftover Christmas dinner - try turkey curry and add in your leftover vegetables. You can also make a turkey soup from your Christmas dinner turkey carcass. 

Love your clothes

Clear out any clothes you haven't worn for a few months and donate them to your local charity shop.