Christmas recycling questions

Missed Christmas tree collections

If you Christmas tree has not been collected please let us know by completing the form below.

Continue reading

Christmas tree collections will take place on your normal rubbish collection day on the alternate week to your recycling collection.

Please ensure that you have checked the day your refuse should have been collected on our my area page. To check your collection days, enter your postcode and select your address.

Our refuse collectors have until 5PM on the day of collection to collect waste. Be aware that collection times can vary due to other factors such as roadworks, accidents etc

Report missed Christmas tree collection

With extra rubbish at Christmas, you may wonder what you can and can’t recycle.  See our top tips for:

Christmas trees

We will only collect non artificial real Christmas trees in the weeks starting 8 January and 15 January. If you place your tree out at any other time it will not be collected.

Place your tree out on your normal rubbish collection day on the alternate week to your recycling collection. The trees will be collected for free and then shredded and composted.

You can also take your tree to the Household Waste and Recycling Centres.

Christmas cards

There are various charity collections for Christmas cards.  You can also put them in your cardboard sack as part of your household cardboard recycling collection.


Envelopes can go in your household recycling collection.  White envelopes should go into the paper sack, coloured or brown envelopes should go with the cardboard.

Wrapping paper

We can take wrapping paper that is not coated with foil or plastic in your household recycling collection.  Please put all non-shiny wrapping paper in the paper sack, and make sure you remove any sticky tape, string or ribbons.


Over Christmas there are a lot of extra cardboard boxes. Flatten the boxes and put them in the orange cardboard bag.

If the boxes are too big, flat pack them, tie them in a bundle and put them out next to your recycling. If you have very large amounts of cardboard, you can either take it to your local household waste and recycling centre or put it out for the kerbside collection over a couple of weeks.

Plastic pots, tubs and trays

Now that we have completed the addition of plastic pots tubs and trays to the kerbside recycling collections we can collect even more recycling this Christmas for example:

  • Sweet and biscuit tins
  • Mince pie trays (Not black)
  • Clotted cream pots
  • Brandy sauce pots
  • Christmas pudding tubs

Tin Foil

Put scrunched up tin foil into the sack for plastic bottles and cans.

Food waste

Many of us tend to over cater at Christmas, and this shows in the amount of rubbish in the New Year.

The best way to reduce food waste is to write a shopping list and stick to it. Think about how many people you will be feeding and just buy enough for them. Remember, if you don’t like sprouts, you don’t have to buy them!