Christmas waste and recycling collections

Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.

There will be no changes to rubbish and recycling collection days this year as Christmas Day and Boxing Day fall on a Saturday and Sunday.

If your waste is due for collection on the bank holidays of 27 and 28 December 2021 and 3 January 2022, we will collect it on your usual day, although collection times may vary.

Christmas tree collections

We will collect real Christmas trees up to 6ft tall. Please cut your tree into two parts if it is larger than 6ft. Trees will then be shredded and composted.

If you subcribe to garden waste collection please put your Christmas tree out on your normal garden waste collection day.

View your garden waste collection days

If you do not subscribe to garden waste collections please put out on your tree on your normal rubbish collection day between Monday, 10 January and Friday, 14 January.

Alternatively, you can take your tree to the nearest Household Waste and Recycling Centre. 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 including;

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

before you get to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre.

View the HWRC pages

Christmas recycling and waste reduction

Christmas cards and wrapping paper

You can recycle;

  • Christmas cards
  • envelopes
  • and wrapping paper

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

Please remove decorations such as; 

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

as we cannot recycle these.


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.

View the to find out where you can recycle batteries locally.

Food Waste

Households in Cornwall thew 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 websiteCardboard 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.

Christmas food packaging

Remember to recycle your

  • cream pots
  • brandy sauce pot
  • Christmas pudding basins
  • sweet tubs
  • mince pie trays
  • and plastic advent calendar trays (as long as they’re not black plastic)

in your red bag for plastic, cans and tins.

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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