Christmas waste and recycling collections

Changes to collections over the Christmas period

Boxing Day, 26 December

If your rubbish is due to be collected on 26 December, it will be collected on Monday, 2 January. Recycling and garden waste due to be collected on Boxing Day, will be collected on Saturday, 31 December. All other collections will remain as normal

Christmas tree collections

Garden Waste Collection Subscribers

If you subscribe to our Garden Waste Collection service, you can put your real Christmas tree out on your normal garden waste collection day for shredding and composting up until 31st January 2022 .  We will collect trees up to 6ft tall.  If it is larger than 6ft, please cut it into two parts. 

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If you do not subscribe to garden waste collections you can take your tree to the nearest Household Waste and Recycling Centre. Please remove it from the pot and take off any decorations.

Household Waste and Recycling Centres

HWRCs will be open 9am to 4pm throughout the festive period except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Please sort your items before you get to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre including;

  • wood
  • plastic
  • electricals
  • garden waste
  • drinks cartons
  • batteries

View the HWRC pages

Christmas recycling and waste reduction

Christmas cards and wrapping paper

You can recycle:

  • Christmas cards
  • envelopes
  • wrapping paper

Put them out for collection in your orange recycling bag for cardboard.

Please remove decorations as we cannot recycle these, such as;

  • ribbon
  • foil
  • glitter
  • plastic film
  • tinsel
  • bubble wrap


Please do not put batteries out for collection with your rubbish or recycling.

They can start fires when crushed in rubbish lorries or at waste transfer stations.

You can take batteries (including button batteries and battery packs) to a supermarket or HWRC for recycling.

Visit to find out where you can recycle batteries locally.

Cardboard and Brown Paper

Please remove any sticky tape and staples.

Flatpack any cardboard boxes and put out in your orange recycling bag along with any brown paper.

Food Waste

Households in Cornwall threw away an estimated 1,000 tonnes of food waste last Christmas. That’s approximately £3 million worth of food thrown in the bin and wasted, so plan your Christmas food shop carefully and make the most of the leftovers.

Love Food Hate Waste has Christmas dinner all wrapped up for you.

Christmas meal planning on the Love Food Hate Waste website

Christmas food packaging

Remember to recycle your packaging in your red recycling bag for plastic, cans and tins, such as:

  • fresh cream pots
  • brandy sauce pots
  • Christmas pudding bowls
  • sweets tubs
  • mince pie trays
  • plastic chocolate box trays (as long as they’re not black plastic)

Any cardboard packaging goes in your orange recycling bag.

Use our recycling A-Z to find out more

Find out what goes in each recycling container

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